The Cape Split Trail
A Fantastic Hike
The Cape Split Trail is another one of the scenic Kings County trails. These two trails are great for hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
The fantastic views of the fishhook shaped peninsula of Cape Split can only be viewed by the hiking trail or by boat.
It is one of the most phenomenal landscapes in eastern North America and worth the 16 km return trip to see it.
View of Cape Split, Kings County Nova Scotia
The trail is averaged to take about three - five hours one way. The terrain is moderate for the most part but does have some challenge.
The Nova Scotia Provincial Government has succeeded in purchasing the 280 hectares (700 acres) of wilderness that the trail is located on. The trail starts by the sign at the end of the parking lot situated across from the house. You start off at sea level and climb about 200 ft to an open field on top of shear cliffs that drop down to the Bay of Fundy.
There are two different trails included in the Cape Split Trail that you can take to reach the same destination. There is a cliff side coastal trail and an easier trail that stays more inland. Follow along the fence and then decide on the left or right trail.
The trail to the left can be more dangerous as it follows along the cliffs. Caution has to be taken along this dirt trail, as there are lots of slippery roots and volcanic rock. The later was left from a volcanic shield in the middle of the Bay of Fundy 26 million years ago.
The easier trail to the right is fairly easy going, suited for most hikers. However there could be some washed out areas, inclines and declines along the way.
At the top of the cliffs you can watch and hear the roar of the rip tide and the Fundy tidal bore down below. Make sure you do use caution when near the edge of the cliffs, they could give way. It is best to stay back away from the edge, you still get a great view.
The cliffs are popular nesting areas for hundreds of birds so this is a great place for bird watchers.
The return trip will be easier as it is all down hill.
To reach the Cape Split Trail take exit 11 off Highway 101 and follow Rt. 358 north. You will pass Canning and take the Chapel Road (still the 358). Turn left onto the Scots Bay Road and follow it to it's end. Then turn left onto the Cape Split Road and follow it until the trail head. For those with GPS the waypoints are 0382909E 5021093N.
Cautions Needed at The Cape Split Trail
Take care along the Cape Split Trail and watch for eroded edges. There are some steep climbs along the way.
When at the bottom of Cape Split beware of the incoming high tides that can easily trap you if you are not paying attention.
So have you ever hiked the Cape Split Trail? I bet you took some extraordinary pictures while there. Did you hike it alone, or with your family & friends? We would love to hear about your trip!
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Leave the Cape Split Trail and return to check out other trails in Kings County.