Exploring Prince Edward Island one hiking trail at a time
Black Marsh Trail, North Cape
|Estimated Time||3 hours|
|Surface Type||crushed rock|
|Elevation Change||22 meters|
|Features||dunes, bay, farm fields|
|Trail Markers||none but easy to follow|
|Maintenance Rating||well maintained|
|Dog Friendly||on a leash, not on beach|
|GPS File||available on request|
For directions to this part of the park go to the Cavendish Section - Prince Edward Island National Park page.
Enter the park on Graham's Lane (almost across from the Cavendish Boardwalk). Drive for 1.4 kilometres and you will come to the park gate where you have to pay an entrance fee. Just past the gate take the next left towards the campground. Just after turning in the road turn left again into the parking lot. Park here. The Homestead Trail enters the woods on the far side of the parking lot across the exit road.
The Homestead Trail starts by following an old carriage road through a spruce forest. There are a few glimpes of Cavendish Beach along the way. After a kilometer the trail comes to a picnic table overlooking New London Bay and the back side of Cavendish Dunes.
The trail continues around the bay and crosses several steel bridges over inlets. The trail continues along the cliff tops overlooking the bay. A large loop trail travels through patches of forest and through all kinds of active farmers fields, including potatoes, wheat, and hay. The loop eventually returns to the trail along the bay.
Another loop returns along the edge of the larger inlet. This part of the trail was closed when I was there last in 2018.
Trail Last Hiked: July 13, 2018.
Page Last Updated: May 25, 2019.