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Cape Spear Path

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[Cape Spear Path] [Cape Spear Path]
Communities at Trailheads: Cape Spear - Maddox Cove
Trailheads are approximately 15 KM from down town St. John's.
Path length: 9.3 plus 1 KM (one way)
Estimated Hiking time: 4 to 6 hour(s)
Path difficulty: Moderate. Trail ratings explained.
Map: #2, #3. Maps and map sets available online.
Path Description: A beautiful outing with variety of terrain, hills, long views, boardwalked bog crossing at Staffordside, erratics along the shore, two river crossings. Trail passes through a Nature Conservancy of Canada protected property in Maddox Cove. Often windier, cooler and damper, than weather in St. John's
Attractions: Easternmost point of North America. Cape Spear lighthouses and lighthouse museum. Berry picking. Whale watching from a high ridge. Frequent rolling fog. Picnic at North Head.
Trailhead North
After parking at Cape Spear, proceed up the hill and pass the two lighthouses and gift shops. The trail runs near a ridge that heads south from Cape Spear. The Trailhead is located at the southern edge of the Cape Spear National Historic Site.
Parking & walking directions to Trailhead North: Park in the main parking lot at Cape Spear. The trail begins at the easternmost point of North America.
GPS North: 47.5225, -52.6245
Trailhead South
Drive to Maddox Cove. Park in Maddox Cove at the pull-off above the beach near bridge. There is an ECT parking sign.
Parking & walking directions to Trailhead South: Park in Maddox Cove as above. Follow the road over the bridge and turn right onto a dirt lane. Maddox Cove trailhead is a short distance along this dirt and gravel path.
GPS South: 47.4726, -52.6963
Current Path status: Path in good condition, visible and passable April 2016
Community Facilities: Facilities available to customers at shops in Maddox Cove and Petty Harbour. Restaurant, coffee & sandwich shop, convenience stores.

Washrooms and gift shops available at Cape Spear (seasonal)
License to occupy: E116109

Communities & Sponsored Businesses near this Path

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[Harbour House] Harbour House
Community: Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove
Trailhead North: Motion Path
Trailhead South: Cape Spear Path

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