Herring Cove Beach Trail

Fundy National Park

Interpretive trail Lookout Stairs Park Bench Interpretation Picnic shelter Outhouse Parking

Distance: 1 km return trip
Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate Moderate
Beach access: Yes
Habitat: Coast

This short trail starts near the lookout and descends directly into Herring Cove. At low tide, one can walk to the rocky headland. Over time, the constant tidal action has carved a small sea cave accessible after a short scramble over rocks – watch your step as seaweeds make them slippery!

You can return to the picnic area by the same route or cross the little stream at the upper beach and walk back through the forest. The trail parallels a brook and crosses a small waterfall.

Highlights Throughout the Year

  • There are many old apple trees at Herring Cove indicating that the area was once settled.
  • Old fields are now regenerating into a second-growth forest. Alder thickets are home to the Alder Flycatcher. Many species of flycatchers look alike, so the habitat they occupy and the sounds they make are a good way to tell them apart.
  • At low tide, look for rock barnacles. They resemble tiny white volcanoes attached to rocks. At high tide, this close relative of the shrimp opens its top trap doors and kicks its feathery feet in the water to catch plankton.

Be Prepared!
  • Know your physical limits; Fundy’s wilderness is famous for its rugged cliffs and river valleys. Choose a trail that is challenging but enjoyable for you.
  • Pack for comfort and safety: A sweater and a windbreaker are good insurance against variable weather. We recommend footwear with good traction and support. Pack fresh water and a snack, even if you’re planning a short hike.
  • Plan your route and stick to it. Let someone know where you plan on hiking and your estimated time of return.
  • For your own safety and to preserve the ecological integrity of our Park, stay on marked trails.
  • Leave no trace! Please carry out all garbage, yours and any you may find on the trail.
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