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Challenging Hiking Trails

If you’re a serious hiker looking for a challenge, Cape Breton Island has numerous challenging hikes that will take you to Highland peaks or on an 18km trek to the highest waterfall in Nova Scotia (North River Falls).

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Acadian Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Cape Breton Highlands NP

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Climb 365 metres above the Chéticamp River for panoramic views of the Acadian coastline, the Chéti...

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Aspy Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Cape Breton Highlands NP

This trail meanders along the Aspy fault, through an Acadian and mixed forest. As nature reclaims land once used for farming and logging, a regenerated forest begins to blend in with the old growth. T...

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Bald Mountain

Region: Cabot Trail Community: St. Ann's

Length - 17.9kmHiking Time - 5hDifficulty - 4Cell Service - NoTrailhead GPS Reference: N 46°11'57.0" W 60°43'00.6"If you have never heard of Bald Mountain, you have likely already laid eyes on it wi...

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Branch Pond Look-off Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Cape Breton Highlands NP

The trail explores Acadian, boreal and taiga land regions and leads to a viewpoint offering an impressive view of the Atlantic coast and the park interior plateau, with Cape Smokey and Cape North appe...

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Cape Mabou Highlands

Region: Ceilidh Trail Community: Mabou

Length:   30+km (18.8+mi) totalHiking time:   1-8+hrType of Trail:   natural surface, compacted earthUses (no snow):   walking, biking*, ATVs*Uses (snow):   snowmobiling*, snowshoeingFacilit...

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Capelin Cove

Region: Fleur-De-Lis, Marconi Trail, Metro CB Community: Gabarus

Length:   16 km (10 mi) returnHiking Time:   4+hrType of Trail:   compacted earth, natural surfaceUses (no snow):   walking, ATVs*Uses (snow):   snowshoeingFacilities:   noneDog Use:   o...

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Celtic Shores Coastal Trail

Region: Ceilidh Trail Community: Port Hastings

Length:   90.0 km (56.25 mi) – one wayType of Trail:   Crushed stone, natural surfaceUses (no snow):   walking, biking, horseback riding, ATVsUses (snow):   snowshoeing, cross-country skiing...

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Coastal Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Cape Breton Highlands NP

This scenic trail hugs the ocean, briefly joining the Jack Pine Trail then continuing along granite headlands, coastal meadows and cobblestone beaches.  The trail connects with Jigging Cove Trail.Tra...

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Coxheath Hills Wilderness Trail

Region: Fleur-De-Lis, Marconi Trail, Metro CB Community: Sydney

Length:   10.3 km (6.4 mi) total Hiking Time:   2+hrType of Trail:   crushed stone, compacted earth, natural surfaceUses (no snow):   walking, biking*Uses (snow):   snowshoeing, cross-countr...

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Egypt Falls – Pipers Glen

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Margaree

Length:   12 km (7.5 mi) return Hiking Time:   4+hrType of Trail:   natural surface, compacted earthUses (no snow):   walking, biking*, horseback riding*, ATVs*Uses: (snow):   snowshoeing, s...

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Fishing Cove Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Cape Breton Highlands NP

You are 355 metres (1165 feet) above sea level! Hike from the top of the mountain about 6 kilometres down to a small ocean cove and grassy clearing - the only designated wilderness camp site in the pa...

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Franey Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Cape Breton Highlands NP

You climb up and up and your reward is at the top! Large flat rocks give you a nice place to sit and enjoy the 360-degree views of the entire Clyburn Brook canyon and the Atlantic coastline from Cape ...

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Indian Brook Falls

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Indian Brook

Hiking Time - 4-5 hoursDifficulty - 4Trailhead GPS Reference - 46°22'19.3"N 60°31'58.8"WTrail Access: Take the Cabot Trail to our community of Indian Brook. A landmark to look for to begin this tra...

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Inverness Shean Trail (part of Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)

Region: Ceilidh Trail Community: Inverness

Length: 16km (9.94mi) – Blackstone to Inverness (linear)Cell Service: YesDogs Permitted: On Leash Trail Surface: natural and gravelThe Inverness Shean Trail section of the Celtic Shores Coastal Tra...

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Lowland Cove Loop – Meat Cove

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Meat Cove

Length:   16 km (10 mi) returnHiking Time:   5+hrType of Trail:   natural surface, compacted earthUses (no snow):   walking, biking, horseback riding, ATVsUses (snow):   cross-country skiing...

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