As you all probably know by now, here at twowildtides we love to hike and just be outdoors. The East Coast Trail on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula is one of our most frequented trails, and we’re slowly ticking each path off the list.
About a month ago, I tackled Silver Mine Head Path, a 2.5 km trail from Middle Cove Beach to Torbay. The trail is a moderate difficulty and I would definitely recommend it to beginners. There is, however, one section where the path is undeveloped and you have to climb over rocks on a small river (or wade through it, depending on the shoes you’re wearing!) so be very careful here.
The morning I did this hike, there was a light, low fog but the sky was bright blue and the sun was beating down. There was a slight breeze and all I could hear was the sounds of the waves crashing into the rocks. It was so peaceful and refreshing. There were some starfish washed up on Middle Cove Beach so I carried them back down to the tidepools. They are such cute, strange little creatures and I couldn’t leave them to dry out!
I jogged the inland parts of this trail in order to get my heart rate up and make it more of a workout, but I walked the more scenic parts along the coast with my camera out so I could snap pictures of the crashing waves and just simply enjoy the view. This trail will give you stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, take you through the woods and grassy fields, over babbling brooks, to a tiny falls, and even past the remains of an old war battery.
I highly recommend this path to fitness enthusiasts, casual hikers, and anyone who wants to get out and enjoy nature. The easygoing terrain and short distance between trailheads makes it less of a hardcore commitment than some of the East Coast Trail’s other paths.
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Check out this awesome guest house, right on the trail! We highly recommend staying here if your East Coast Trail adventures take you along this path.