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The East Coast Trail Guide offers maps, photos, and a detailed description of the entire East Coast Trail, including Stiles Cove Path.

Curious? Have a look at the free sample chapter available on iBooks.


Please don’t confuse the East Coast Trail Guide with the basic maps and trail descriptions that have always been available on this blog; those will remain available right here:

Basic map:

Trail description:

Stiles Cove Path runs from Pouch Cove to Flatrock.
Check the map for the following details:

  • The trail is 15.1 km in length.
  • The north trailhead is halfway down Bank Road in Pouch Cove.
  • The south trailhead is at the end of Hickey’s Lane in Flatrock.
  • Check the map for designated parking areas.
  • There is easy access to Shoe Cove from Diamonds Road.
  • There is easy access to Stiles Cove from Satellite Road.
  • There is easy access to Red Head from Red Head Road.

Save for a few barren headlands, beautiful Stiles Cove Path runs through a quiet coastal forest. Your companions on this trail are mostly squirrels, hares, eagles and a few moose; you may not see all of them but they’ll surely see you as you hike on by.

Ocean viewpoints are scattered along the trail, providing regular rest stops with amazing views in every season season. Summer-time is especially good: you will hear the whales breathe as you are walking in the shaded forest, and when you reach the open viewpoints you’ll have a great opportunity to have your lunch break in plain view of these oceanic giants.

Scenic spots on Stiles Cove Path:

  • Spout Cove Falls (Dog’s Hole Falls) is a waterfall that drops from the forested cliffs straight into the ocean.
  • Stiles Cove is the namesake of the trail, it’s a big and beautiful secluded cove with steep cliffs and waterfalls. In winter you’ll find ice climbers scaling the frozen falls and walls, down to the otherwise isolated beach.
  • Red Head offers two treats, one of them is Red Head Cove, a place where many whales congregate in summer, the other is Acrophobia, a dramatic vertical rock face on the southeast side; venture too close to this edge and you’ll see it drops 60 metres straight down, an unnerving view for sure.
  • Whirly Pool Falls (Big River Falls) is a wild waterfall only a stone’s throw away from the south trailhead, you can get to it with a bare minimum of hiking.

Berry picking:

Berries you can find on Stiles Cove Path include crackerberries, blueberries, raspberries and cranberries.

Photos and stories featuring Stiles Cove Path:

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