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Balancing Rock Trail

Highway 217, Tiverton, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Ranked #3 of 5 Attractions in Tiverton
Type: Hiking Trails
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Victoria
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110 reviews 110 reviews
29 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This was a nice diversion from our trip to Digby. You need to take the Petit passage ferry which runs on a schedule but also whenever they feel like. It's $5.50 to go to Tiverton and free to return. From the ferry it's a 3 or 4 minute drive. You park in the lot by the road and it's a... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The trail is good and easy to follow. Moderate effort at best in terms of terrain. Plan on about 150 steps to climb on the way back The rock is interesting but not quite as exciting as guide books suggest. Still, if you want a walk with a destination this one is pleasant.

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Innisfil, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

strange how you would want to go see a "rock" but it is really quite amazing how it has stayed balanced for all these years. Be prepared for hike! Although there are walkways and stairs, it is still a journey... and it's on the way to the best whale watching ever

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Fayetteville, AR
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The hike isn't too long (~1 km or so, ~2-2.5 km round-trip) and is relatively easy, but there are about 230 stairs in there. Along the path there are handy informational signs about the plants along the trail. The balancing rock itself is pretty neat to see, and the view from the landing is lovely. Give yourself about an hour.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We weren't sure what to expect of the balancing rock. Due to heavy rain we were even seriously considering not to go. Nevertheless, it was worth it. In the sunny weather it must be an even more wonderful experience...

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Athens, Georgia, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

After our whale watching excursion was canceled due to weather, we were looking for something else to do. We were told of a giant rock balancing on a cliff face. Um, are you serious? This is what people in Canada consider cool? OK. Let's give it a try! I can't believe I am saying this, but it was a great... More

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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

If I had known how long and difficult this hike was I might never have completed it. By the time I hit the stairs leading to the rock I was committed so I kept going. Once you get there the cliffs and ocean views are excellent, the amazing rock is wonderful. The sound of the waves crashing on the rocks... More

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Rockland, Maine
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This hike was well worth the effort. It's a well-maintained trail, mostly flat except for the last 15-20% which is all steps down to balancing rock. Overall it's an easy hike (unless stairs aren't your thing) and the views at the end are spectacular, especially if you have an interest in geological formations and history.

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Its a good walk , 236 steps down,trees and shrubs identified along trail , on our back we got soaked by pouring rain, we got a good laugh out of it....

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Calgary, Canada
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16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I found out about this place from a local travel info place near Digby. I drove out and found the trailhead just off the highway. The walk is quite long, but it's through some beautiful scenery and lush plants and bogs! The stairs going down to the bottom of the cliff were spaced well and had quite a few stops... More

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