Gaff Point is a fabulous place to experience some of Nova Scotia’s unique and rugged coastline. It is 124 acres of unspoiled land that separates the LaHave estuary and Hartling Bay. It consists of marine, terrestrial and wetland ecosystems. The trail is off the beaten path with some utterly fantastic scenery with a mixture of beach, estuary, forest and rugged coastline. The beach is incredibly rocky and the waves where large and loud the day we were there. Boogie boarding here in the summer/fall would be a blast. I would bring bug repellant as there are some wet areas. Kudos to Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy, Nova Scotia Nature Trust and Nature Conservancy of Canada who have joined forces to protect this area and maintain the trail.
Trail Length: 7 km Trail Estimated Time: 2 Hours
Trail Difficulty: Considered moderate – some steep cliffs – The length of the beach from the parking lot to the trail is 1.6 km.
Directions: The trail begins at Hirtle Beach. To get there take exit 11 off Hwy 103, turn onto Hwy 324 toward Lunenburg, then onto Hwy 332. Turning right onto Hwy 332 for about 12 km then left onto Kingsburg Road, then finally onto Hirtle Beach Road. Once at Hirtle Beach there is a large parking lot with outhouses and garbage cans, and they provide picnic tables in the summer months. Follow the boardwalk to the beach; the Gaff Point Trail is at the end of the beach on the right – where you will see a sign that points to the trail. It is around 1 hour 40 minutes from Halifax.