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“Rugged Coast and Beautiful Views”
Review of Middle Head Trail

Middle Head Trail
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Ingonish
Certificate of Excellence
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Halifax, Canada
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109 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
“Rugged Coast and Beautiful Views”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

Pros: Easy hike with great views the entire route, varying scenery (grass, woods, coast), near beach, near Keltic Lodge

Cons: none

I usually don't give 5 star rating to much, but after spending the day hiking this trail I cannot think of anything I disliked about the trail. I hiked this trail on my way around the Cabot Trail. I enjoyed that you don't need a whole day to hike the trail, but you could take a day to complete it if you really took your time and stopped a lot.

The entrance to this trail is on the same site as the Keltic Lodge - a well know resort in the Highlands of Cape Breton. There is a separate parking lot for the hike (just keep to the right as you head past the lodge). The trail head is right off the parking lot. You will be greeted by some neat older pillars which appeared to hold a gate during their previous life - and you'll want to make a right when you get to them. Going left will only take you back towards the lodge.

The trail is a well marked dirt path. This trail encompasses a variety of different terrain which I enjoyed as many trails do not. You begin by going through the woods, pass through a grassy field (with beautiful ocean views on either side) followed by ending at a cliff section where you get 270 degrees of ocean views, including a view of Cape Smokey. Sit and watch the waves crash on the large bolder at the end of the hike, or make your way down the rocky ledge to the water - but if you do, be careful as the ocean is very active and could really sweep you off your feet into the water.

Conclusion: I believe this is one of the best trails I have ever hiked. Its easy, filled with beautiful, varying scenery and captures the essence of what Nova Scotia is all about. A must see!!

Visited November 2012
5 Thank Baltzer
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Chepstow, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“American Bald Eagles”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

We watched three bald eagles as we sat eating our lunch. The views from this trail are magnificent. It's quite an easy walk with no long up hill stretches.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Jane S
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Boston, Massachusetts
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201 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Fantastic View”
Reviewed 11 September 2013

This is a medium trail, because it does go up and down and it has some sections, particularly one steepish hill, where the footing is rocky. Having said that, the end of Middle Head is spectacular with views to the side of Ingonish Island and Cape Smokey, and on a clear day you can either see forever to the horizon, or to Sidney. Sometimes a whale, often birds and boats.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank piotzar
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Batesville, Indiana, United States
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Rugged coastline”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

The hike was rugged but do able( I'm 66). It had a very rugged coastline view at the very end but several lovely overlooks before the end.

Visited September 2013
Thank Maureen G
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Chatham, Ontario
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Good hike”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

It is an easier trail to hike, but there are lots of ups and downs and uneven terrain. there are a few benches, which makes it accessible for most anyone.

There are a couple of places to look out along the way, but the looking out from the end is spectacular.

Visited August 2013
Thank Brown1922
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