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Homestead Trail, Prince Edward Island National Park

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Quick Facts

Difficulty moderate
Trail Type loop
Distance 9.6 km
Estimated Time 3 hours
Surface Type crushed rock
Elevation Change 22 meters
Features dunes, bay, farm fields
Trail Markers none but easy to follow
Scenary Rating beautiful
Maintenance Rating well maintained
Cell Reception medium
Dog Friendly on a leash, not on beach
Fees yes
GPS File available on request

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Directions

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.

Homestead Trail sign

Description

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.

Homestead Trail sign

Another loop returns along the edge of the larger inlet. This part of the trail was closed when I was there last in 2018.

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Trail Last Hiked: July 13, 2018.

Page Last Updated: May 25, 2019.