For those of you have been geocaching in Newfoundland, you’re likely familiar with the East Coast Trail. I’d venture to guess there must 200+ caches hidden along the more than 500km of hiking trails that make up this amazing hiking experience. Hiking the trail you’ll encounter towering cliffs and headlands, sea stacks, waterfalls, and deep fjords. There’s a even a natural wave-driven geyser called the Spout and these are only the natural elements. There’s also lighthouses, seabirds, a suspension bridge, whales and icebergs stretching between the 32 communities that are directly linked to the trail. In 2011 the Association recorded over 100,000 hiker visits along the East Coast Trail.
The trail is managed and maintained by the East Coast Trail Association which a member driven, volunteer based, registered charity formed in 1994 with the mission to develop, maintain and operate the East Coast Trail.
In Februaryh 2012, the East Coast Trail has been named one of the world’s Top 12 Adventure Destinations by the National Geographic Society. Click here for a press release by the East Coast Trail Association.
We realize its still a little on the chilly side, but if you’ve never been on this trail we strongly suggest you get out there and explore it. There are plenty of sections suited to beginners, and some more difficult treks for the experience hiking enthusiasts.
Here at Treasure Island Caching, it is our intention to write our own “reviews” of each section of trail as we hike and geocache along the various sections. In the mean time, we’ll leave you with some of the trail signs we’ve found over the past number of years.
This is not the only accolade that Newfoundland has received from the National Geographic Society. In 2010 the Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula was listed as the Top Rated Coastal Destination by the magazine. To those of this living here, this is no surprise as the entire Island, not just the Avalon Peninsula, is a nature enthusiasts paradise. But it’s nice to get the recognition to confirm our own (no longer biased) opinions.
Have you hiked the East Coast Trail? Do you have a favorite portion of the trail? A favorite cache that’s located somewhere along the way? Let us know!