North Head Trail
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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backpacker111ca
Toronto, Canada93 contributions
Sep 2022
Did this trail after arriving in St. John's at the end of the day. A storm was meant to arrive in the morning (Earl) and was encouraged by a local running up the trail to continue. It was getting dark and I was concerned about getting back down safely. In the end I walked back down along the road which was very safe. Stunning vistas along the rugged shore up to Cabot Tower. Stayed to watch the sunset then the lights over the harbour and city! Magical.
Written October 22, 2022
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Heidi
Charlottetown, Canada7 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Absolutely stunning! This trail is beautiful and convenient if your looking for some amazing views and a good hike. It’s conveniently located by Signal Hill and in the city of St. John’s. There are a few tougher areas of the trail such as lots of steps and walking on some uneven surfaces such as rocks. But it is a very friendly and safe trail. We saw lots of people of all ages walking the trail and lots of people walking their dogs too!
Written November 11, 2021
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Mac
9 contributions
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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Julie6802
Sainte-Julie, Canada391 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We did the trail going down, and we absolutely loved it. Magnificent views of the ocean. I was glad we did the trail going down because it was 27 degrees Celsius so people who were going up the 1000 + stairs we very sweaty. A definite must do in St John’s. Walking shoes are a definite must. Our 12 y.o. daughter really enjoyed it too.
Written August 6, 2021
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Jamie L
Halifax, Canada12 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Spectacular views. Really well maintained path. Not for anyone afraid of heights (or of walking up/down 800 or so steps). Wear comfortable shoes for a hike and bring water. We went from Battery Rd to Cabot Tower and walking up the hill (rather than down) worked well for us. Definitely the highlight of our stay in St. John's.
Written July 5, 2022
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Richard E
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Jul 2022 • Couples
Not for the faint of heart. Being very afraid of heights, there were a couple of sections that were eerie. Having said that....the views are simply amazing. Once we were done, my Fitbit said we had walked nearly 8000 steps and climbed 70 stories.
Written July 13, 2022
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wloo_andrew
Waterloo, Canada888 contributions
May 2022
The trail starts on the ocean side of the parking lot on Signal Hill and goes down! Down to the rocks along the ocean. Lots of steps down but it's great to see Signal Hill from below and to get close to the ocean along the Narrows leading into St John's harbour. Good footwear (ie not flipflops) are helpful as there are rocks you have to walk over. Great hike right in the city!
Written June 15, 2022
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Bucko007
Sudbury, Canada608 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Amazing vistas. Not an easy hike especially for someone afraid of heights. Three navy ships left port during our walk and it was amazing to witness. Lots of ups and downs. Your Fitbit will enjoy the day. Lol
Written July 16, 2022
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Ingle
Vancouver, Canada984 contributions
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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polarman957
St. John's, Canada4 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
The Trail can start at Signal Hill desending by numerus steep steps to the coast line by witch it follows to the entrance of St Johns Harbour and by a number of homes called The Battery, a part of St Johns .One should cover The Trail to The Battery in an hour subject to traffic on the trail . Some start The Trail at The Battery. Its just the reverse of starting at Signal Hill. The Trail partwooden walkway, gravel with rocks is not difficult,there are sitting areas but no washrm facilities. The scenery is stunning,icebergs in season, whales, ships entering the harbour including Cruise Ships in season,fog creeping in and out of the Harbour and to the North East Cape Spear , the most easterly point in North America. One should not forget looking up at Cabot Tower where Marconi received the first wireless ' letter' in 1901 .A Trail truly stimulating and having it ALL.
Written December 12, 2018
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