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      Welcome to the 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 336 kilometers of 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.

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      Updates about the East Coast Trail and East Coast Trail Association



      Our response to COVID-19.

      East Coast Trail

      Support the Trail

      Volunteer, register for the annual community hike, become a member, become a supporter.

      Wildlife on the East Coast Trail

      Wildlife on the Trail

      Discover the wildlife you might encounter while hiking the East Coast Trail.

      Events and Things To Do

      Join a guided hike, or get involved in trail protection.

      Trail Maps

      Maps are available for all 25 paths from Topsail Beach to Cappahayden.

      Buy the full mapset for $45 or buy section maps for specific path groupings.

      Get a Map