Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Trail partially closed

The Coastal Trail remains partially closed. The southern portion of this trail will be absorbed into the Jack Pine Trail, while the northern portion becomes the Neil Brook Beach Trail. Please check this page again in spring 2024 for updated trail lengths and descriptions.

Breathe in the salty sea air and enjoy an escape to the coast. This scenic trail hugs the ocean shoreline and takes you along granite headlands, coastal meadows and cobblestone beaches. This trail has some closed sections. It is currently open from the Neil's Harbour end as far as Neil's Harbour Beach and on the Black Brook end as far as the Jack Pine Trail connection. For a longer hike, continue your journey on the Jack Pine Trail.

Length North end 2.1 km (1.3 mi) return, south end 1.6 km (1 mi) return.
Locator map - Coastal
Hiking Look-off
Rating Moderate  Moderate: Medium-length trails with moderate elevation gain and some short, steep sections. Suitable for most visitors. Easy  Easy: Family-friendly trails that are suitable for all visitors.
Elevation 0 - 45 m (0 - 150 ft)
Time North end 45 minutes, south end 30 minutes
Significant features Atlantic coast, rocky cliffs.
Short climbs. Rocky, rugged sections. Trail crosses boulder beaches.
Trailhead At Black Brook or Halfway Brook, near Neils Harbour
Lat: 46.778569 Long: -60.332248 (at Black Brook)
Lat: 46.807398 Long: -60.344756 (near Halfway Brook)

Map: Coastal trail

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