Coastal Hiking Trail – A new Hike in 2009
The Coastal Hiking trail will be one of the new hikes featured in the 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival. This trail is located in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and is approximately 5.6kms one way. It features Atlantic Coastline, coastal forest, sea birds and some difficult sections over cobblestones. The trail will start at Halfway Brook and end at Black Brook. Black Brook beach was rated as one of top beaches in Canada by Canadian Geographic Magazine… It has incredible waves and is popular with locals and visitors in the summer. There is a picnic park here and Still Brook Falls.
The first section is the trail is quite nice and ends at Neil’s Harbour beach…you may hear the fog horn depending on the day…..then we head back into the woods for a bit, – some wet areas… until we come out to the ocean. Here you will see the Neil’s Harbour lighthouse, the harbour and homes. Then next section you follow along the coast where you venture out to cobblestones five times before the last section of the trail. Depending on what time you hike the trail, you usually have a good chance to see a lobster boat or two. If you take your time you should not have any problems with the cobblestones. You may want to take your walking stick or poles for balance. The last section of the trail provides some great photo stops including squeaker hole…then you finish at Black Brook.. Take your camera …lots of great shots on this trail and wear hiking boots for support…Below are a few pics.