Labrador Castle Hike , Nova Scotia

Labrador Castle, is a granite ridge which juts above the surrounding forest as the highest point of land inland of the East River exit (exit 7) on highway #103 approximately 30 minute drive south of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Trailhead and Parking is located at the carpool parking lot which is on the corner of the exit road and the old #3 highway.

There are several routes that lead to the top of the hill one of which is to follow the old rail trail where it crosses under the highway just north of exit 7. The St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails to Trail passes underneath the highway near the exit.

Follow the tracks inland, west. After crossing the East River take a right at the first logging road. Follow the logging road and stay to the right when it forks (uphill generally). This will continue uphill and come close to the top where you can watch for colored trail marker for a short path to the “Castle Rock” and the top that you can climb and then view the surrounding area of Chester basin and see the Tancook Islands in the distance.

It is a gradual climb and and relatively easy hike except for the short climb at the very top and worth the effort for the nice view. The logging road that forks to the left along the way also leads to power-lines nearby and offers extending the hike for those looking for longer hikes or even mountain biking.

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