Spurwink Island Path is a challenging 17km trail near the Southern end of the ECT. While its namesake is a pretty incredible sight, it’s Berry Head Arch that attracts most folks to this trail. As the maps indicate, though, reaching Berry Head Arch requires committing to the trail, as it’s basically at the midpoint.
It was a year before my writing that I hiked the trail, and so my memories or it are a bit sketchy at this point. The trail begins at the old highway, passing over a decaying overpass, before turning left and crossing a bog filled with Pitcher Plants. The boggy section is planked and relatively short, though, from what I remember: this leg of the journey is mostly through forest if memory serves. Gallows Cove, the site of this trail’s camp, is a convenient base for a two-day attack of this trail.
Past this point is Berry Head Arch, which is an incredible sight, and from what little I recall of the trail, some altitude changes as the trail avoids small coves and gulches.
See pics below:
The trailhead for the more strenuous Spurwink Island Path.
The hike begins crossing an old overpass.
The march at the beginning of the hike is rich with Pitcher Plants.
Planks cover the initial, marshy section.
White Horse River.
White Horse River.
Not much of a view at Bruin Cove.
Gallows Cove, the site of the camp!
I think this is breaking down the next day.
Heading out past the sign.
The viewpoint for Spurwink Island.
South Head with Spurwink Island barely visible behind.
Heading away from Spurwink Island.
Looking ahead at Little Gallows Cove.
Little Gallows Cove.
The view from atop the Berry Head Arch, looking at the signage… it’s the tiny white sign in the distance!
Looking along the coast from the arch.
Geologically the arch is fascinating.
The arch from the sign.
The aforementioned sign.
This little frog let me get very close.
A view north along the coast.
Founder Cove? Or Chance Bay?
Grassy Point. Aptly named.
Bald Head. Also accurate.
I was too lazy to walk back to the trailhead when I realized I had forgot to take a snap of it.
Heather and Gerry Slowly but Surely Hike the East Coast Trail (and occasionally elsewhere)