By: Visit Gros Morne 27/09/2020
You don’t have to be a back-country hiking expert to find yourself in some amazing landscapes in Gros Morne National Park. Here are our choices for easy hiking trails for anyone who enjoys walking or leisurely strolls spring, summer or fall.
Make sure to review the parks map to find your way around and locate each trail-head and check the trail conditions before heading out. If you’re looking for more of a guided experience with interpretation on culture, history or even a picnic, check out the local tour operators in the area.
Remember to always follow the LEAVE NO TRACE PRINCIPLES:
- Plan ahead and prepare.
- Stay on the trail.
- Dispose of waste properly.
- Leave what you find.
- Respect wildlife.
- Be considerate of other visitors.
Berry Head Pond. Immerse yourself in the tranquil forest of Gros Morne National Park. The first 350 meters are wheelchair accessible and this section also has glow-in-the-dark features to keep stargazers on the path during the night. Distance 2 km loop.
Berry Hill Pond. A stroll around Berry Hill Pond brings you through an array of ecosystems: boreal forest, bog, and of course, the pond. Throughout the day spot chickadees, grey jays, snowshoe hares, and in season, orchids and lilies. Keep an eye on the pond for the beavers that call it home. At dusk moose are more likely to be seen and little brown bats perform acrobatics while they feast on flying insects. Trail head located in Berry Hill Campground. Distance 2 km loop.
Coastal Trail. A romantic path of smooth beach rocks that hugs the coast. Explore fairy caves in the tuckamores or watch boreal and sea birds flitter about their way. During early July blue-flag irises bloom along the edges of coastal marshes. Waterproof footwear is recommended in spring or after periods of rain as you explore this trail caught between the ocean and the marsh. Distance 6 km return.
Lobster Cove Head. A local favorite, the trails that weave themselves around Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse are full of surprises. During the day watch the occasional feeding whale, fisher folk passing by in various dories and boats, or simply feel the spray of salt water from crashing waves. Colorful sunsets here are unforgettable and red Adirondack chairs are tucked into quiet clearings. Trail lengths are a few hundred meters; there are steep stairs if you wish to go down to the beach but it is not necessary to enjoy these trails.
Old Mail Road. A remnant of days gone by, this trail was used to deliver mail along the coast (hence the name, Old Mail Road). This flat trail is the perfect way to explore a dense section of the forest and the beach dunes without damaging the fragile grass that anchors the sand to the shore. Distance 2 km return.
Southeast Brook Falls. A short but rewarding hike through a woody trail where sunlight filters to the forest floor. Hear the sound of the falls before you see them and feel the spray of water droplets on your face. Be cautious with your steps along the trail as tree roots pose a small tripping hazard. Distance 700 m return.
Steve’s Trail. Who would have imagined that something could look better the further away you are? Well, that is what happens on Steve’s Trail. A short meander through a twisted forest on soft ground brings you to an open field on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Look back towards the land and see the divide in the Long Range Mountains where glaciers carved Western Brook Pond Fjord. Distance 1 km return.
Tablelands. A trail unlike any other, follow the path along the base of the Tablelands to experience this mountain without elevation gain. This 720 meter high mountain of orange and brown rock is one of the reasons for Gros Morne National Park’s UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. Walk across rusted rock, normally found far below the Earth’s surface that was pushed into place by shifting continents. At first the Tablelands seem devoid of plant life. Look closely, it is there stunted by harsh living conditions. Observe the carnivorous plants of Newfoundland, sundew , butterwort, and the provincial flower, the pitcher plant. Distance 4 km return.
Western Brook Pond. A gravel trail flanked by wetlands is home to abundant plant species. Occasionally see moose or caribou grazing and ducks busying themselves on the bog ponds. As you walk, the entrance to Western Brook Pond Fjord grows closer. At trails end, relax at the small cafe during summer or on the sandy and pebbly shores of Western Brook Pond. The dock for the boats that venture into the freshwater fjord with excited passengers is located here. Distance 6 km return.