North Head Trail

North Head Trail, St. John's: Address, Phone Number, North Head Trail Reviews: 5/5

North Head Trail
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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.
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Mac
9 contributions
Awesome hike with kids
Aug 2020 • Family
What a great hike, with amazing views. Dont be scared to take your kids, some of the pics make it look dangerous. We have an 11 and 7 year old and it was perfect for them. I would recommend parking at the visitor center, then take the trail up to Cabot Tower. The kids loved all the canons and history about the war. Then continue on the North Head trail all the way down. The trail is all downhill and easy. We had many stops for blue berries along the trail. The trail eventually ends in the Battery. This is where my wife and kids continued down the hill to the Battery Cafe. They've got great coffee and snacks. I went up the hill to get the car and meet the family at the cafe for a much deserved treat. Dont miss this must see hike.
Written August 18, 2020
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cmmari0n
Thunder Bay, Canada1 contribution
How Beautiful
Aug 2019
We walked all around. What a beautiful view. We were able to see all around us.it was absolutely breathtaking.
Written April 13, 2020
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Ingle
Vancouver, Canada845 contributions
A highlight of our 8 days
Oct 2019
You’ll have read about the spectacular scenery, the well-maintained trail made up of packed dirt, rock, boardwalk, and wooden steps, and the little Adirondack chair pairs, so I won’t spend any time on those.

We were challenged by a dearth of information on logistics - exactly where to park and exactly how to get back there. I’ll provide details - and photos - on that.

First off, unless you are doing the trail principally for exercise, I suggest that you walk a little uphill and a long trail down, rather than the reverse.

If you have a car, I recommend you park at Johnson Geo-Vista on the L on the road up to Signal Hill. Big sign, can’t miss it. Deadman’s Pond (see photo) is opposite on the R. Then walk on the sidewalk the rest of the way up. Before you reach the parking lot for Cabot Tower, where the road takes a sharp R, take a 3 minute detour to Ladies Lookout (photo) on your L for the highest point. Then return and start the North Head Trail, with a long, curving flight of stairs down (photo). Walk around the hill flanking the coast until you come to the end, when you walk across someone’s porch (photo) to get to the Outer Battery Road.

Follow Outer Battery Rd past little homes and buildings, and a large grey wall mural (photo) on the R, until you come to Hipditch Hill veering sharply off to the R. Take that until you see a set of wooden steps marked Trail (photo), on the L beside a blue house (photo). Take that and climb up keeping to the L (it’s unmarked) as you walk the path. It’s about 5-6 mins from the top of the stairs to Deadman’s Pond. You will approach the pond from behind, and walk L around it. Johnson Geo-Vista is in front of you, across the street. That’s the fastest and most scenic route back and beats taking the long road back.

The chain-link rail is for comfort where the trail is at its narrowest point above the cliff (photo shows the entire length of it) but its use is not even necessary. The hike is a safe and relatively easy 1.7 km, especially if going from top to bottom.

Make sure your camera is fully charged. After pooh-poohing selfie sticks, we used a gift one received several years ago for the first time and took some gorgeous shots. No flipflops. Running or hiking shoes are a must.
Written November 3, 2019
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Dave M
Calgary, Canada38 contributions
A beautiful walk along the coast!
Sep 2019
After our visit to the Cabot Tower (aka Signal Hill), we took a walk on the North Trail from Signal Hill along the trail into town. About 1.5kms over various types of terrain. It's easier from the top down ( 1000 steps down, is easier than 1000 steps up ) if your over 60!!
You will never get a better view of the coast & the harbour of St. John's. There is a constant activity to and fro from the harbour including cruise lines, cargo ships, fishing vessels and the supply ships to the rigs on the grand banks (Hibernia, White Rose, Terra Nova & Hebron).
A steady flow of activity, as is the core of St. John, it would have it no other way. George's Street where many of the famed CBC's 22 minutes comedy originated and called "home". They may be removed for now but shall always return.
Can't wait to go back......

Dave
Written October 20, 2019
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Tafierce
North Bay, Canada181 contributions
Nice scenery - easy and short
Aug 2019
There are so many hiking trails around St. John's and it is hard to decide which one to do. So, thinking about distance and ease, we went with this hike. We weren't sure where to start the hike from Signal Hill. The route starts at the entrance of the parking lot. Some people recommended hiking up instead of down, but we ignored this idea and looked up for views as well as down! The people we passed coming up were sweating and breathing hard. We, on the other hand, were enjoying our leisurely walk and beautiful views. I did not find any walking areas uncomfortable or unsafe. It is well maintained. We loved ending in town by the harbour. However, we were unsure how to get back. My husband walked up a little road and took a trail in hopes of finding a way back to Signal Hill. He ended up at the first parking lot with the coffee shop. Then, he had to walk up a big hill to Signal Hill to get our car. My kids and I waited in a little park and then walked up Signal Hill Street/Road assuming it would lead us there. Shortly after, my husband picked us up along the street. If we did this again, we would have parked at the first parking lot at the base of the Signal Hill, walked up to the path, and then proceeded.
Written October 18, 2019
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world_MD
Thunder Bay, Canada249 contributions
Not to be missed
Oct 2019
This hike is not to be missed even if you are not in the best of shape.
I started in downtown St. John's. Walked out to the start of the trail at the end of the Battery. The climb took just under an hour with stopping for many many beautiful pictures. Got to the top and then went down Ladies Lookout to Quidi Vidi village but also did some "unmarked" trails down to the cliffs and then up to the hill that you see from the top of the Ladies' Lookout. Although, not on the map, they are well traveled and easily identifiable. The vistas are incredible.
Written October 6, 2019
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Helga R
New Brunswick, Canada3 contributions
An unforgettable visit!
Sep 2019
North Head Trail is a must-do in St. John's! The views are awesome, and although it is a bit challenging at times, I would recommend it to anyone visiting the Signal Hill area.
Written October 3, 2019
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Louise P
6 contributions
Beautiful place to visit day or night
Sep 2019
We enjoyed visiting during the day and later at night.lots of hiking trails which are only good during daylight hours.
Written September 22, 2019
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Brian R
Edmonton, Canada9 contributions
Signal Hill to The Battery
Aug 2019
North Head Trail starts atop Signal Hill and ends in the Battery, St. John's most fascinating ;historic neighbourhood. Every step of the way you're greeted with spectacular views of sea, cliffs, harbour and city.
Written September 20, 2019
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itsgoodtobeus
Montana282 contributions
Best Route to Signal Hill
Sep 2019 • Couples
We hiked from downtown uphill to Signal Hill. Easier on your knees and back than coming downhill from the top. Lots of great vista points along the way. Excellent condition and appears to have been quite a bit of stairs and boardwalk improvement recently. Continue down the Ladies Path on the north side to Quidi Vidi....
Written September 18, 2019
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