Blackhead Path

IMG_0913Blackhead Path is the perfect afternoon hike: a nice up-and-down over a relatively short hike (just over 3 km), with some beautiful scenery, historic sites, and a variety of terrain.

The hike begins in scenic Blackhead, a tiny community on the drive to Cape Spear. Parking in the designated area, hikers walk down a private drive and skirt around a property where horses are kept, crossing over rocky terrain at the property’s edge. Leaving Blackhead, the trail follows the coast for a few hundred metres, crossing a couple of wet patches, before starting on the single significant climb on the trail. The path winds up over the barren hill to an old track which brings hikers to Blackhead, where the remains of a decoy anti-aircraft battery are found, two circular holes lined with stone. Past the dummy fort, the trail heads back down the other side of the hill.

Climbing down over the hill which is rocky in a couple of spots, the trail meets back up with the coast and passes some spectacular rocky shore. Of particular interest is the side trail to Cantwell’s Cove, which apparently once featured a loading crane. The trail heads toward the road at this point and terminates near the parking lot at the Cape Bay end of the Cape Spear historical site.

Check out the few pics below!

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Heather and Gerry Slowly but Surely Hike the East Coast Trail (and occasionally elsewhere)

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