The 7 Best Hiking Trails in St. John's, Newfoundland

July 24, 2021 Dorsey Hagwood

Looking out over the city of St. John's, you may be reminded of a mini San Francisco (minus the cable cars). St. John's provides the ideal balance between nature and nightlife, from the East Coast Trail and its stunning scenery to the colorful entertainment district along George Street. Although it's the largest city in Newfoundland, the vibe is still very small-town. You'll feel welcome in the City of Legends!
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1. East Coast Trail

50 Pippy Pl 2nd Floor, Unit 9, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 4H7 Canada +1 709-738-4453 [email protected] http://www.eastcoasttrail.com
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East Coast Trail

Explore 25 wilderness paths along North America's easternmost coastline. The East Coast Trail unites genuine wilderness hiking with richly historic communities from Topsail Beach, to Cape St. Francis, to Cappahayden. There are over 300 kilometers of developed trail to explore. The paths of the East Coast Trail take you past towering cliffs and headlands, sea stacks, deep fjords, and a natural wave-driven geyser called the Spout. Experience abandoned settlements, lighthouses, ecological reserves, seabird colonies, whales, icebergs, the world's southernmost caribou herd, historic sites, a 50-metre suspension bridge, two active archaeological dig sites, and many more attractions. While the East Coast Trail is free to hike. A $25 annual membership fee helps offset the cost of trail maintenance.

Reviewed By 990hectorv - St. John's, Canada

Gigantic spot for a picnic, a “budol fight” will be funtastic for an 8.1Kilometers "tukad-baba, baba-tukad." Worth the trail that will test your agility, endurance and mobility that equates to its easy, moderate and kind of difficult terrain for those who are not use to trudge long distances. Took me 2 hours and 15 minutes to reach this highlight through different grade of pathways, starting from unpaved road, muddy and stone trail, into the woods, longitudinal boardwalks to stair made of logs, etc. In total, 5 hours back and forth which includes taking a deep breath, a break and at least 3 “viewpoints.” Sweat and perspire a lot under a sultry sun, cooling off under the canopies of spruce. Tasting wild blueberries on the way was such a leisurely treat. Lucky to have the boat on the spot with bunches of people touring the rugged coastline and estuaries.

2. Sugarloaf Path

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada +1 709-738-4453 http://eastcoasttrail.ca/trail/view.php
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Sugarloaf Path

3. North Head Trail

Signal Hill, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 4E8 Canada +1 709-737-1077 [email protected] http://www.grandconcourse.ca/trail-details.asp?TrailId=9
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North Head Trail

An exhilarating hike featuring rugged coastal beauty, striking views, and historic sites. This challenging trail built by Parks Canada descends 500 ft and includes a narrow coastal path along the Narrows. Caution: This trail is not maintained by the Grand Concourse Authority. Steep cliffs and hazardous sections are common throughout and caution should be exercised at all times.

Reviewed By zoller123 - Toronto, Canada

A great hike that rewards you with stunning views! If heights are a challenge for you , you might want to think twice !

4. Chance Cove Coastal Hiking Trail

102 Highway 16, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A0B 1K0 Canada http://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/newfoundland-and-labrador/chance-cove-pond--2
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Chance Cove Coastal Hiking Trail

5. Rennie's River Trail

Pippy Park, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada
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Rennie's River Trail

Meandering along the course of Rennie’s River, this 2.9 km trail connects Quidi Vidi Lake with Long Pond. Starting from the Memorial University Campus, pass through a peaceful wooded valley and long-established residential neighbourhoods. See historic places, including the sites of Rennie’s Mill and the former Memorial Stadium.

6. Quidi Vidi Lake Trail

Quidi Vidi Lake 10 Clancey Dr, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1A 5P5 Canada http://www.grandconcourse.ca/trail-details.asp?TrailId=16
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Quidi Vidi Lake Trail

This level, 3.8 km trail loops around Quidi Vidi Lake. During the summer rowers prepare for the Royal St. john's Regatta, held here annually in August since 1826. Observe waterfowl and seabirds that use the Lake year-round as a resting and feeding area.

Reviewed By tastyytravels - St. John's, Canada

This is a great 4km walk with beautiful views, one of my favourites that's close to downtown. It's very dog friendly, as there are lots of garbage cans / posts with doggy bags attached to them.

7. Waterford River Walk

495 Water St, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1E 6B5 Canada [email protected] http://www.grandconcourse.ca/trail-details.asp?TrailId=37
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Waterford River Walk

The Trans Canada Trail starts with the Waterford River Walk at the Railway Coastal Museum and follows the former railbed through Bowring Park into Mount Pearl. The Newfoundland Railway operated here until 1988, more than a century after railway service first started on the island.

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