While walking the trails at Cape Spear National Historic Site you are sure to see captivating views and panoramic scenery!

There are two sections of the East Coast Trail system that connect to Cape Spear: The Blackhead Path and the Cape Spear Path. For trail descriptions and more information about the East Coast Trail Association, visit their website.

Be prepared! Don't forget appropriate footwear and a bottle of water!


Trail Difficulty  Distance Time Description
Blackhead Path Moderate 3.7 km (one way) 1.5 hours A scenic climb and descent, rough underfoot, great views back to the cliffs of Southside Hills, Cabot Tower and on to Cape Spear and the Cape Spear lighthouses. Note this path has mostly low growth and is very exposed to weather (think fog, wind, rain).
Cape Spear Path Moderate 10.3 km (one way) 4-6 hours A beautiful outing with variety of terrain, hills, long views, boardwalked bog crossing at Staffordside, erratics along the shore, two river crossings. Trail passes through a Nature Conservancy of Canada protected property in Maddox Cove. Often windier, cooler and damper, than weather in St. John's.