Garden Cove trails are not often listed in searches for Newfoundland hiking but they are well worth the short drive down the Burin Peninsula.
Directions: Turn down the Burin Peninsula on Hwy 210 at Goobies. The second available left turn will take you to Garden Cove. At Garden Cove bear left and you will see a sign for Trail Parking at the end of the street.
The trail is very well maintained, with many sections of board walk. A short ways down there is a sign indicating a side trail on the left to Big Rock Hill. Like the sign says, "For the brave and hardy". This trail starts off with a very steep climb then travels through woods and along boggy sections until it makes a final climb to the top of Big Rock Hill.
There are sections of board walk but the trail can be a bit wet in places, especially after a rain. This is prime habitat for Pitcher Plants, the official provincial flower; Bakeapples and Blueberries can also be seen and picked in late summer or early autumn.
|Pitcher Plant Sarracenia purperea|
After returning to the main trail, it's only a short walk to a shelter built by the water. Inside there is a wooden box containing binoculars and four guest books.
From here there is one more short side trail to Placentiaman's Point, a lovely quiet spot by the water that would be perfect for a relaxing lunch.