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Balancing Rock Trail

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Address: Highway 217, Tiverton, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Allow enough time

The parking lot is only 4 KM from the ferry. But the walk to the viewing area is at least 45 minutes slightly up hill. Then there are the steps! Allow enough time to enjoy the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 16, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

The parking lot is only 4 KM from the ferry. But the walk to the viewing area is at least 45 minutes slightly up hill. Then there are the steps! Allow enough time to enjoy the view and to rest.

Thank Pittsburgh_Lazer
Halifax, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

This is marked as a 1.7km trip in to the rock but it sure seems a lot longer than that. It is an easy walk to get to the rock which is worth the trip. The views are amazing from the landings over looking the ocean. The trip back to the parking lot are much harder, the climb back up... More 

1 Thank gjsamson
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122 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

1st, this is not a roadside stop. You will need proper shoes. There is also about 300 steps in a row to go up on return. The walk is well worth the trip.

1 Thank livetotravel61
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Nice nature walk to the rock. This is an amazing sight and a beautiful view from the wooden decks at the end of the trail. Be prepared for several sets of stairs but just take you time and rest,catch the breeze as you come back up .

2 Thank DebM908
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Nice walk with a little bit difficult section of stairs for those who may not be in an ok shape. The place is nice but may lose its attraction when is is fuggy outside.

1 Thank Oded N
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

It wasn't a long hike but it was a nice one. It was a beautiful day and two of took the hike with our dogs. The steps, on the way back up are a bit of a challenge but if you are physically active at all....not a problem. There were several rest spots where you could stop to take a... More 

1 Thank AngelaCarver
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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152 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

This is one of those places where you say "I can't believe this". It seems hard to believe that this rock column can stand as it does. There is a parking lot for this site just off the main road on Long Island. Most of the hike takes you through the woods - quite a bit on a board walk.... More 

1 Thank Judy J
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Very fun trail. With two little girls we completed it all in about an hour (but wish we had another hour to enjoy the signs). The stairs at the end are really not that hard, and it's certainly worth it. Just time yourself correctly so you don't miss the ferry.

1 Thank itsgasgasgas
Pointe Claire, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

We tried counting the steps on our way back up and are debating whether there are 248 or 249?.....Nice walk through thet trees and on a boardwalk at some points until a marker that says 1/4 mile to Balance Rock....then it is stairs down to the sea for that entire 1/4 mile lol...going down is always easier than coming up...all... More 

1 Thank Scrabblegalka
Maryland Heights, Missouri
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26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Balancing rock was a nice diversion while waiting to go on our whale watching excursion. Not a too difficult path to the rock. About 250 steps down once you get to the stairs. The stairs are well made and sturdy. Interesting structure and nice walk through the woods.

Thank BobbyBluewaters

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