Cape Split Trailhead, Scots Bay

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Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
Experienced and moderate walkers should tackle the challenge of Cape Split Trailhead, a heavily forested trek with sweeping mountain vistas. The trail takes about 2-2.5 hours each way, rewarding you with panoramic views of the Atlantic, verdant fields, and rocky jutting cliffs as you ascend. Only the most experienced walkers should attempt the side trails that lead toward the cliff, where continuous erosion may pose a safety hazard. To visit Cape Split Trailhead on your trip to Scots Bay, use our Scots Bay trip planner.
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  • The view at the end is spectacular. The new trail, Scots Bay Trail, is well constructed but not very interesting. The older trail is more interesting but needs some work. It us torn up and muddy...  more »
  • My husband and I hiked this trail in late Sept 2021 while visiting the area for the first time. The hike itself was not hard, long, but not difficult. We recommend wearing quality footwear...  more »
  • It's okay if your an urban type person looking for a decent hike in a controlled outdoor environment but if your like me and like to enjoy nature, tranquility, peace and quiet and wildlife watching and photography this isn't the place. I drove all the way here I didn't even get one picture of any wildlife. It's just simply too busy. People walking by me every 1-3 minutes. So for what I like to do during my hikes, I can't do there. Otherwise it's fine I guess.
  • Beautiful scenic hike. It took us 4h for the round trip. Use bug spray. The walk through the forest is nice yet only at the middle, which is the cape itself, you have the stunning view. The hike to the split is the very same tour as the way back, so it gets a lit boring for experienced hikers.

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