Jack Pine

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

This scenic trail overlooks the Atlantic coastline and winds through a post-fire jack pine stand. This pocket of jack pine is significant because it is separated from the rest of its range by 200 km. Interpretive panels tell the story of this area, beginning with a fire in 1921, a budworm infestation and the hardy vegetation that survives today in this harsh coastal environment. If you want a longer hike, connect up with the Coastal Trail.

Length 2.3 km / 1.4 mi (loop)
Locator map - Jack Pine
Hiking Look-off Exhibit
Rating Moderate  Moderate: Medium-length trails with moderate elevation gain and some short, steep sections. Suitable for most visitors.
Elevation 10 - 55 m (35 - 180 ft)
Time 1 hour
Significant features Atlantic coastline, jack pine
Interpretive loop. Short climbs. Some rocky, rugged sections.
Trailhead Turn off the Cabot Trail at the Black Brook day-use area and turn left to the upper parking lot
Lat: 46.778569 Long: -60.332248

Map: Jack Pine

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