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Hiking the East Coast Trail

Hike the great outdoors along Newfoundland's rugged coastline to enjoy amazing scenery, connect with nature, and leave the worries of everyday life behind. The East Coast Trail paths extend over 336 kilometers of coastal landscape and offer spectacular views of the horizon, massive cliffs, sea stacks, gulches, and so much more. During iceberg and whale season, it is an added treat to see these beautiful oceanic visitors from clifftops along the coast.

Sun illuminates the grassy banks alongside outdoor stairs through a forest hiking path.
Outdoor stairs extend through a forest hiking path along the Biscan Cove Path, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

Each path has unique landmarks as well as varying distances and difficulty levels. Some paths have different points of entry and can be time and distance altered to suit preference. However, other trails have no such exit points so you need to judge accordingly. To select a trail best suited for you, I recommend that you refer to the East Coast Trail website.

This steep, mineral rich, oceanside cliff is found along the Father Troy's hiking path, East Coast Trail, in Torbay, NL.
Enjoy beautiful ocean and coastal views atop oceanside cliffs on Father Troy's Trail, East Coast Trail,

The Horrid Gulch Viewpoint sign is found along the East Coast Trail hiking path on an oceanside cliff overlooking the ocean and horizon.
Horrid Gulch, the site of the Water Witch shipwreck, is found along Biscan Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

Log markers along a coastal treeline define this section of a footpath overlooking the ocean on an East Coast Trail hiking path.
Log markers define this section of a footpath overlooking the ocean on an East Coast Trail hiking path.

Person standing on a coastal cliff admiring the Pouch Cove landscape and ocean mist spraying from the ocean surface.
Person standing atop a rocky cliff overlooking the ocean on the Biscan Cove Path, East Coast Trail, hiking trail.

Nature view from atop a cliff looking down on dense forest and a bridge along the Stiles Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path.
View from atop a cliff looking down on dense forest and a bridge along the Stiles Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

Standing atop an oceanside cliff in Middle Cove, NL, are amazing nature views of the coast, ocean, and distant horizon.
Coastal and ocean view from atop a cliff on the Silver Head Mine, East Coast Trail, hiking path in Middle Cove, NL.

The beamer, a huge boulder at the edge of the ocean, is found along the Father Troy's hiking trail, East Coast Trail, in Flatrock, NL.
Stand at the edge of the earth on The Beamer along the Father Troy's, East Coast Trail, hiking path in Flatrock, NL.

Outdoor stair leading up a slope in a forest section of Biscan Cove path, East Coast Trail, hiking path.
Outdoor stair leading up a slope in a forest section of Biscan Cove path, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

Beautiful ocean, coastal, and horizon view at White Point, a landmark on the East Coast Trail hiking path.
White Point, a landmark on the Biscan Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path has beautiful coastal and ocean views.

Short lengths of outdoor stair guide hikers along the coastal landscape at Cobblers Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path.
Short lengths of outdoor stair guide hikers along the coastal landscape at Cobblers Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

Anvil Rock, a huge boulder adjacent to the coastline, is a landmark on Biscan Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path. in Pouch Cove, NL
Anvil Rock, a huge boulder adjacent to the coastline, is a landmark on Biscan Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

Oceanside along the East Coast Trail, a long outdoor stair leads down the sloping landscape toward the ocean's edge.
A long outdoor stair leads down the oceanside slope toward the ocean's edge along the East Coast Trail hiking path.

Footpath leading through a treeline along Biscan Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path in Pouch Cove, NL.
Hike along a footpath through a treeline along Biscan Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path in Pouch Cove, NL.

The coastline of Cape St. Francis can be seen from atop an oceanside cliff on the Biscan Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path.
Cape St. Francis coastline can be seen from atop an oceanside cliff on the Biscan Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

Log markers define the footpath along this oceanside slope on the Stiles Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path in Pouch Cove, NL.
Log markers define the footpath along this oceanside slope on the Stiles Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

A group of hikers stand near a treeline atop an oceanside cliff along Stiles Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path in Pouch Cove, NL
A group of hikers stand atop an oceanside cliff along Stiles Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path in Pouch Cove, NL.

Ocean and coastal view from atop an oceanside cliff on the Silver Head Mine, East Coast Trail, hiking path.
Ocean and coastal view from atop an oceanside cliff on the Silver Head Mine, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

A fallen tree lies parallel to a footpath leading through a forest section along the Silver Head Mine, East Coast Trail, hiking path.
A fallen tree lies parallel to a footpath leading through a forest section along the East Coast Trail hiking path.

Person sitting atop a cliff overlooking the ocean and horizon on the Biscan Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path.
Person sitting atop a cliff overlooking the ocean and horizon on the Biscan Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

Footpath leading through the forest along the Silver Head Mine, East Coast Trail, hiking path.
Footpath leading through the forest along the Silver Head Mine, East Coast Trail, hiking path.


Person standing on a grassy slope with the ocean and horizon in the background.
Person standing on a grassy slope along the Stiles Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

Trees growing on the rocky cliff faces of a gulch along the Biscan Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path in Pouch Cove, NL.
Trees growing on the rocky cliff faces of a gulch along the Biscan Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

Footpath leading through a treeline overlooking the ocean and coast on the Silver Head Mine, East Coast Trail, hiking path.
Footpath leading through a treeline overlooking the ocean and coast on the East Coast Trail hiking path.

Rolling landscape, ocean, and horizon view along the East Coast Trail hiking path in Pouch Cove, NL.
Landscape, ocean, and horizon view along the East Coast Trail hiking path in Pouch Cove, NL.

Two red chairs, positioned oceanside on the East Coast Trail hiking path, provides a beautiful view of the ocean and horizon.
Two red chairs found oceanside on the Silver Head Mine, East Coast Trail, hiking path provide beautiful ocean views.

Outdoor stairs leading up a slope and into an oceanside treeline along the Silver Head Mine, East Coast Trail, hiking path.
Outdoor stairs lead up a slope & into an oceanside treeline along the Silver Head Mine, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

Trail sign marker on a grassy slope overlooking the ocean on the Silver Head Mine, East Coast Trail, hiking path.
Trail sign marker on a grassy slope overlooking the ocean on the Silver Head Mine, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

A crumbling concrete bunker is positioned atop an oceanside cliff on the Father Troy's, East Coast Trail, hiking path.
A crumbling concrete bunker is positioned atop an oceanside cliff on the Father Troy's, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

A long row of outdoor stair extend through the forest along the Biscan Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path in Pouch Cove, NL.
A long row of outdoor stair extend through the forest along the Biscan Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

Massive boulders rest atop grassy vegetation on the Father Troy's, East Coast Trail, hiking path in Flatrock, NL.
Massive boulders rest atop grassy vegetation on the Father Troy's, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

In the forest, surrounded by tall trees, is a unique tree whose branches circle downward and rest on the ground.
A Unique tree extends its branches to the ground on a footpath along the Stiles Cove, East Coast Trail, hiking path.

Please continue to follow my blog as I showcase more amazing tourist attractions in eastern Newfoundland.

Sandra Murray, owner of Murray House Vacation Home and writer of Newfoundland Travel Blog standing on a bridge overlooking a forest clearing and waterfall.
Sandra Murray, owner of Murray House Vacation Home and writer of Newfoundland Travel Blog

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