Taylor Head Provincial Park

Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia

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This is a wonderful spot to hike for several reasons. With more than 18 km (11.25 mi) of walking possible, avid trekkers should be able to enjoy a challenging excursion. Because of the layout of the trails, radiating out from a central starting point, several shorter distances are possible for the less ambitious. Finally, the place is simply gorgeous! Situated on the rugged eastern shore, Taylor Head is a rocky finger projecting 6.5 km (4 mi) into the Atlantic Ocean. Encompassing more than 16 km (10 mi) of coastline, including more than 1 km (.6 mi) of magnificent white-sand beach, the headland is littered with glacial erratics deposited throughout the peninsula. Taylor Head was granted to Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution. The poor soil was insufficient to support the arrivals. Consequently, like most Nova Scotia settlements, they depended upon a mixture of fishing, farming, and lumbering to survive. A cemetery near the trailhead contains the graves of members of some of the original families.

Taylor Head Provincial Park Professional Review and Guide

"This is a wonderful spot to hike for several reasons. With more than 18 km (11.25 mi) of walking possible, avid trekkers should be able to enjoy a challenging excursion. Because of the layout of the trails, radiating out from a central starting point, several shorter distances are possible for the less ambitious. Finally, the place is simply gorgeous!

Situated on the rugged eastern shore, Taylor Head is a rocky finger projecting 6.5 km (4 mi) into the Atlantic Ocean. Encompassing more than 16 km (10 mi) of coastline, including more than 1 km (.6 mi) of magnificent white-sand beach, the headland is littered with glacial erratics deposited throughout the peninsula. Taylor Head was granted to Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution. The poor soil was insufficient to support the arrivals. Consequently, like most Nova Scotia settlements, they depended upon a mixture of fishing, farming, and lumbering to survive. A cemetery near the trailhead contains the graves of members of some of the original families."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sheet Harbour
Distance: 11.25
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: Tangier 11 D/15
Driving Directions: Directions to Taylor Head Provincial Park

Recent Trail Reviews

8/28/2005
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I very much enjoyed this coastal trail. Some wonderful Nova Scotia scenery, a beautiful beach and a gorgeous day. Trail itself is not too bad in most places but has some sections of hiking over large beach stones that can be tricky. The beach provided a lovely swim at the end of a hot afternoon. About three hours to hike the headland trail and back to the parking lot. Water at the beach is frigid so be forewarned.



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May 2018