Hike the Middle Head Trail

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Distance

2.4 Miles

Elevation Gain

131.2 Feet

Activities

Photography, Mountain Biking, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Loop

Added by

Anna Arsenault

Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

The Middle Head Trail follows a long, narrow peninsula separating two ocean bays, ending on headland cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Smokey and Ingonish Island. There are opportunities to see seabirds, seals, whales and eagles, as well as fishing boats in the early summer. 

Open from mid-May until mid-October. A park pass is required for hiking or use of other services in the park. Check in at the Parks Canada Visitor Centres in Chéticamp (16 Visitor Centre Rd., situated on the west side of the park) or in Ingonish (37637 Cabot Trail, on the east side of the park) to obtain passes, information on visitor safety and any other information you may need, including a trail location map.

For your comfort and safety:
- Do not approach, disturb or feed wild animals.
- Take along appropriate clothing - rapid weather changes often occur on the plateau or along the coast.
- Carry water with you, especially for longer trails, climbs or open barrens.
- Bring insect repellent as black flies and mosquitoes are common all summer.
- Mountain bikes are permitted only where indicated, for public safety and protection of the environment.
- Stay on boardwalks to protect fragile vegetation.
- Do not throw food or scraps along the trails or roads.
- Read "Keep it Wild, Keep it Safe" brochure, available at park visitor centres.

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Distance

2.4 Miles

Elevation Gain

131.2 Feet

Activities

Photography, Mountain Biking, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Loop

Added by

Anna Arsenault

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