The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail

Record #: NST0053
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2019
Last Full Update: 12 Mar 2019


Located In Timberlea
Where To Find Us
Parking Lot
2890 St. Margarets Bay Rd
Timberlea, NS
Canada B3T 1H4
Areas Served Halifax Regional Municipality


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Description & Services

Trail Activities Hiking ; Trail Running ; Walking ; Cross Country Skiing ; Snowshoeing ; Bird Watching ; Nature Viewing ; Dog Walking (on leash)
Trail Attributes Loop Trail ; Woodland Trail ; Wilderness/Backcountry Trail ; Suburban Trail ; Multi-Day Hike ; All Year ; Uneven Terrain ; Steep Slopes ; Scenic View ; Poor or No Cellphone
Facilities At Start/End/Along Trail Bicycle Rack ; Parking Available ; Public Transportation
Facilities Near Trail Parking Available ; Public Transportation
Trail Cautions Wilderness Trail for experienced hikers only
Information The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail is located within the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area which is located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and unsurrendered ancestral land of the Mi’kmaq (L’nu). This area was designated under the Wilderness Areas Protection Act in October 2011. The Bluff Trail is south of Highway 103 where it crosses the Chebucto Peninsula just west of K’jipuktuk (Halifax), Nova Scotia. It begins inside the Woodens River watershed and climbs onto the high ground (“The Bluff”) between the Woodens River watershed and the Nine Mile River watershed to the east. 
Parking is available about half a kilometer from the trailhead at 2890 St. Margarets Bay Road, Timberlea, NS B3T 1H4. 
The trailhead is located on the Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea (BLT) trail at a point midway between the Hwy 103 overpass just south of Exit 4 and the northern tip of Cranberry Lake. A parking lot has been constructed specifically for visitors to The Bluff Trail.  
The trail is in the form of four stacked loops (Pot Lake, Mi'kmaw Hill, The Bluff, and Hay Marsh) that eventually go around Upper Five Bridge Lake. The loops are colour-coded. Together, the first two loops are about 12 km and take a full seven hours to hike. The four loop system covers over 30 km. 
There are canoe-access points at the south ends of each of Cranberry Lake, Frederick Lake, and Hubley Big Lake.
Trail or Water Route Map

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Tags NS Trail Guide ; Recreation Categories