Hiking Trails

Terra Nova National Park

Blue Hill West Trail - This area, which is recovering from a 1986 forest fire, offers a good opportunity to see forest regeneration. Surviving the fire, some of the largest birch in the park grow here. Watch for the rarest mammal in Newfoundland, the elusive Newfoundland marten, which has been seen along this route. Condition: This old fire access road offers moderate to easy hiking and biking for all ages. Due to several wet spots waterproof footwear is recommended. Length: 5km return

Buckley Cove Trail - After winding its way through the forest and along the coast, this trail ends at Buckley Cove. Surrounded by grassy fields, the cove is ideal for exploring. Watch for greater yellowlegs feeding in the barachois along the way. Condition: Boardwalk over several wet areas help make the hike more enjoyable. Due to several wet spots waterproof footwear is recommended. Length: 10 km return

Campground Trail - If you are looking for a leisurely woodland stroll, but want to stay close to the campground, then this is the trail for you. Watch for the ripple of trout in Big Brook as it rattles toward Newman Sound. This is the park's newest self-guided trail, so be sure to stop and look at the various panels that describe everything from invasive species to the changing composition of the park's forest. Condition: The trail provides a relaxing experience for all ages. Three sets of stairs may be demanding. Length: 4km loop

Coastal Trail - Following the shoreline you will discover why Newman Sound is designated a Canadian Wildlife Service bird sanctuary. Ospreys, terns, greater yellowlegs, and spotted sandpipers feed on the rich supply of food in the estuary. The trail meanders through a black spruce forest with numerous access points to the shoreline, where you can explore the tidal zone. Condition: A leisurely stroll for all ages. During summer the trail is mainly dry. Boardwalks and steps help make the hike more enjoyable. Length: 9 km return

Green Head Cove Trail - Through areas of mature evergreens and young hardwoods, this wide trail provides a pleasant stroll or bike ride for all ages. The old Eastport bridge over the quiet waters of Southwest Arm is an ideal spot for a picnic. While enjoying the scenery of Malady Head, watch for shorebirds, ducks and ospreys feeding in the shallow water of the arm. Condition: The trail offers an easy, enjoyable trip for most hikers and mountain bikers, though there are some challenging steep sections. Length: 2 km return

Dunphy's Pond Trail - This trail is ideal for anyone who wants an enjoyable half-day hike. Some of the more uncommon boreal bird species, such as the ruffed and spruce grouse, crossbills, and great horned and boreal owls frequent this area. The call of the loon often greets visitors to the shores of Dunphy's Pond; the largest lake in the park, and a popular spot for canoeing. Condition: A former access road, the trail provides excellent hiking and mountain biking, but the grades can be challenging. Length: 10 km return

Louil Hill Trail - From a thick stand of alders, this trail meanders through a grove of insect-damaged fir trees. Locally known as maldow, "old man's beard" lichen hangs mysteriously from the dead branches. At the trail's midway point a detour to the top of Louil Hill provides a breathtaking panoramic view overlooking Alexander Bay. Condition: A dry and leisurely hike. After heavy rains the start/finish section of the loop may become quite muddy. Length: 4 km loop

Malady Head Trail - On either side of the trail, in the shadows beneath the thick canopy of mature black spruce, grows a rich moss carpet. Look for white indian pipe; an unusual flowering plant that needs very little light to grow. From the lookout platform atop Malady Head there is an incredible view of Southwest Arm and the Eastport Peninsula. Condition: Boardwalk and handrails help make this hike more pleasurable. The end of the trail has a steep grade so caution is advised. Due to several wet spots waterproof footwear is recommended. Length: 5 km return

Outport Trail - Journey along the coast from Big Brook and the sheltered mudflats of Newman Sound. Hike through the forest to the abandoned settlement of Minchin Cove and on to South Broad Cove. Both are ideal sites for camping. About midway along the trail there is a 1.5 km detour to the top of Mount Stamford; one of the most spectacular views in the park. Condition: This is one of the most rewarding hikes in the park. Wet areas and steep grades make this trail best suited for the more determined hiker. Waterproof footwear is recommended. Please notify staff prior to departure. Length: 46 km return

Sandy Pond Trail - On this relaxing self-guided trail around Sandy Pond, you will enjoy the boreal forest at its best. Beneath the black spruce and balsam fir trees are ferns, mushrooms and snowberries. Watch for ducks and their young swimming along the pond's edge. Condition: Boardwalk provides easy access over wet areas. This trail provides an enjoyable hike for all ages. Length: 3 km loop

Southwest Brook Trail - Follow the trail along Southwest Brook through one of the most sheltered areas in the park. The variety of habitats offers opportunities to spot song birds, waterfowl and shorebirds. In the early evening you might see beavers swimming in the brook near the old beaver dam. Condition: Visitors of all ages will enjoy the stroll. The trail may be wet in spots, especially after heavy rain. Length: 6 km return

For More Information, please feel free to contact the Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce:

Tel: 709-256-7110
E-mail: ganderchamber@ganderchamber.nf.ca