NEW this year! On Tuesday and Friday mornings, starting on May 16th, you can experience a guided tour with geologist Richard Thomas. The hike begins at 10:00 am and the group will meet up at the Edge of Avalon Interpretive Center in Portugal Cove South, a mere 10 minutes from us at the Inn. From there you will get in your car and he will take you out to the trail head. The approximately 20 minute hike (one way) to Freshwater Cove is a place brimming with life. You will get a chance to learn more about the barren landscape, flora, fauna, and how it all came to be. There is a plethora of birds that call this place home, including the Atlantic puffin. This will be an approximately 2 hour long tour. To book this call (709) 438-1011 or we would be glad to make arrangements for you. At this time there is no cost to this tour.
Hike to the brand new UNESCO World Heritage site to see fossils that are over 500 million years old at Mistaken Point. The hike to the site takes about 45 minutes each way, plus the time spent observing the fossils and cliffs. The Edge of the Avalon Interpretative Center, located in Portugal Cove South, is home base for the beginning of your tour. At the Center you will see an exhibit with detailed maps and information about the area and gain a better understanding of what you are about to explore. What an excellent way to spend your day, exploring on the edge of the Atlantic ocean. This hike is a fairly easy jaunt, short of some rocks you have to maneuver over through a small brook. There is a $20 charge for this guided tour.
For the more free form explorer all you really have to do is step outside. Pick any direction for a scenic walk or a more advanced hike. There are trails leading deep into the country, seaside trails on the edge of cliffs, trails that lead to the beach, or just a simple walk around the beautiful town of Trepassey. One of the nicer walks is around Fanny’s Pond. It’s a gentle stroll that leads you up to a couple of seaside chairs that you can take a load off while soaking up all the sea air your lungs can handle. Staff at the Inn can guide you in the right direction for your desired walk.
The East Coast Trail is a developed and maintained trail system offering over 265 km’s of breathtaking hikes and views. The town of Cappahayden has an entrance to the trail system and is about a 30 minute drive from the Inn.
Grab your lunch at the Inn to go for the picnic experience, a cup of premium Jumping Bean coffee, and head out exploring.
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