Gaff Point Hiking Trail is a 6.5 return kilometre hiking-only trail exploring Hirtle's Beach, forests of white spruce and the rocky outcroppings of Gaff Point. The 50 hectare (124 acre) parkland surrounding the trail is a Nature Conservancy of Canada protected area. The trail is one of the gems in Nova Scotia. Not well known, but worthy of any Nova Scotia trip.
The Gaff Point Hiking Trail provides some great sightseeing marine vantage points, visits some caves (if you can find them) and connects to Gaff Point and a whole family of inukshuks. Sand Cove is a surprise destination one can find on the trail only accessed from a detour trail. The actual cove is accessed by a climbing rope used for scaling the rock cliffs down into a private sandy beach area.
Gaff Point Hiking Trail adventures, and activities most enjoyed include hiking, beachcombing, stormwatching, swimming, picnicking, sightseeing, wildlife watching, climbing, photography and birding (birdwatching).
Because it is one of the best trails we explored in Nova Scotia. Hiking a 1.5 kilometre long beautiful white sandy beach to start any adventure just rocks! Add a 5 kilometre forested loop trail along a rocky coastline to Gaff Point, what is there not to like. Not to mention we found Sand Cove, had a picnic and built an Inukshuk at Gaff Point on a sunshine filled day. How sweet is that.
The more important, some would say only, features, amenities, services located in and around Gaff Point Hiking Trail includes parking, washrooms, picnic area, green space, and information signs.