Franey Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Note: Infrastructure improvements in the park may cause delays or reduce services while we complete this important work. We appreciate your understanding at this time.
Climb up and up to your reward at the top! Large flat rocks give you a nice place to sit and enjoy the 360-degree views of the entire Clyburn Brook canyon and the Atlantic coastline from Cape Smokey to Ingonish. Gaze back at the mountains, the sheer rocky face of Franey Mountain, or the river winding through the valley, 425 m below. Keep an eye out for wildlife – moose like this habitat too. Caution: Keep young children away from the steep cliffs. Limited parking available.
Trailhead: Turn off the Cabot Trail just north of the Clyburn River and follow the fire access road for about 1 km to a small parking lot.
Significant Feature: Transition from Acadian to boreal forest; beautiful views
Length: 7.4 km (4.6 mi) loop
Hiking Time: 2–3 hours
Elevation: 95–430 m (310–1410 ft.)
Steep climb. Rugged sections.
Trail Rating: Difficult
GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.660766 Long: -60.422683
Open from mid-May to mid-October. A park pass is required for hiking or use of other services in the park; park entry fee applies. Check in at the Parks Canada visitor centres in Chéticamp (16 Visitor Centre Rd., situated on the west side of the park) or in Ingonish (37637 Cabot Trail, on the east side of the park) to obtain passes, information on visitor safety and any other information you may need, including a trail location map.
For your comfort and safety:
– Do not approach, disturb or feed wild animals.
– Take along appropriate clothing – rapid weather changes often occur on the plateau or along the coast.
– Carry water with you, especially for longer trails, climbs or open barrens.
– Bring insect repellent as black flies and mosquitoes are common all summer.
– Mountain bikes are permitted only where indicated, for public safety and protection of the environment.
– Stay on designated trails and boardwalks to protect fragile vegetation.
– Do not throw food or scraps along the trails or roads.
– Read “Keep it Wild, Keep it Safe” brochure, available at park visitor centres and on the Parks Canada website.
– Recreational drone use is prohibited within the national park for the safety of wildlife and other visitors.