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Green Cove Trail


34291 Cabot Trail

902-224-2306

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Although this trail is very short, a mere “leg stretcher”, it is quite fascinating. From this rocky granite headland jutting out into the sea, you can watch the ocean crash against the rocks or catch a glimpse of whales offshore as fishermen tend to their lobster traps, daring to come so close to the rocks. Notice the twisted stunted trees – known as “krummholz” – and the leathery leaves of the bayberry. Plants here have adapted to this windy, salt-sprayed coastal environment.

Caution: Keep away from cliffs during high wind and waves.

Trailhead: Parking lot on the Cabot Trail 

Significant Feature: Atlantic coastline, geology

Length: 0.2-km (0.1-mi) loop

Hiking Time: 10 minutes

Elevation: 10 m (35 ft.)
Trail Rating: Easy

GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.750779 Long: -60.324785

Park is open year-round but full visitor services are only
available from mid-May until mid-October. A park pass is required all year for hiking or use of other services in the park.  Check in at the Parks Canada Visitor Centres in Chéticamp (16 Visitor Centre Road, just off the Cabot Trail on the west side of the park) or in Ingonish (37637 Cabot Trail, on the east side of the park) to obtain passes, information on visitor safety and any other information you may need, including a trail location map.

For your comfort and safety:
– Do not approach, disturb or feed wild animals.
– Take along appropriate clothing – rapid weather changes often occur on the plateau or along the coast.
– Carry water with you, especially for longer trails, climbs or open barrens.
– Bring insect repellent as black flies and mosquitoes are common all summer.
– Mountain bikes are permitted only where indicated, for public safety and protection of the environment.
– Stay on boardwalks to protect fragile vegetation.
– Do not throw food or scraps along the trails or roads.
– Read “Keep it Wild, Keep it Safe” brochure, available at park visitor centres.

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