I love recommending local Newfoundland adventures, especially now, when our only option is local (even if I’m on the mainland!). We’ve explored a lot of the well-known East Coast Trail and many west coast hiking trails as well, but Central NL’s hiking trails are super underrated. A few years back, during the first month of twowildtides, we published a post about a great road trip route where we suggested the Alexander Murray Hiking Trail as a first stop:
Upon re-reading that post, I felt like I glazed over a really worthwhile adventure. The Alexander Murray Trail is located in scenic Green Bay, in the community of King’s Point (accessed via the TCH-Springdale exit). The trailhead is not hard to find. As you drive into town, you’ll see what looks like a small recreation area. There is a sign pointing out the trail as well as a small gift-shop and information centre. There is plenty of parking at the trailhead.
I love looped trails as opposed to out-and-back, and if you’re like me, you’re in luck because the Alexander Murray Trail is an 8.5-kilometre loop. This hike is cardio-heavy with 2200 stairs to tackle, but it is worth the workout for the views, waterfalls, and gorges. Some flights have 80+ stairs. Take your time, take breaks, and carry lots of water. It should take moderately experienced hikers 2-3 hours. Try not to be too intimidated when you see stairs right at the get-go– you got this!
Pro tip: bring lots of bug spray. We found the nippers (Newfie slang for mosquitos) really bad, especially in the boggy, marshy areas right at the beginning of the trail.
There are three waterfalls total, which is quite impressive by any standard. Corner Brook Falls & Corner Brook Gorge was my favourite stop along the trail. It requires a descent down some stairs off the main trail and makes a perfect picnic spot because it is so secluded and shaded. You could also consider taking a dip to cool off!
The view from the peak is spectacular. You’ll reach an elevation of 1100 feet. It overlooks the gorgeous Southwest Arm of Green Bay and if you visit in the Spring, you’ll have a chance to spot some icebergs. We went in the dead of summer, so no icebergs for us!
Consider making a donation when you complete the hike to assist with upkeep of the trail. King’s Point and the surrounding area also boasts other tourist attractions and quaint accommodations, so think about making a weekend out of it.
Also check out this breathtaking Central NL hike: