In-Depth: Crow Head Hike
An in-depth account of our Crow Head dayhike (near Twillingate)
This page describes, in detail (and with lots of extra pictures), our dayhike on the Crow Head trail network near Twillingate, Newfoundland. This dayhike was part of our 2-week "overland to the rock" Newfoundland Trip. If you came to this page looking for the general narrative for that trip, then you have come to the wrong place. You should go here
The Twillingate area is famous for its Icebergs, whales, and fishing culture. It is also becoming known for excellent coastal hiking trails on nearby peninsulas and promontories of land. When we visited Twillingate on our road trip, we did a quick section of some of these sorts of trails on Crow Head - a peninsula of land just north of Twillingate.
There are several access points to the Crow Head trail network; we chose the closest one to Twillingate, which is about 3 to 4km north of the town of Twillingate along highway 340 (more specifically, it is on a side road called 'Drongs Hill' - see the map pane associated with the trail sign picture). We planned to do a circuit along the coastal sections of trail, going counter-clockwise.
The first section of trail climbs up through forest to a local highpoint. It soon reaches a junction with a trail leading in from the western side of Crow Head. We kept right, aiming for the coast somewhere around Horney Head Cove.
The trail had clearly been recently blazed and routed in this section: the ground was unmolested soft forest turf, the trees were freshly cut, and there were bright temporary blazes tied around many trees.
Soon the coast was in sight, and we started a steep descent down to a point on the cliffs above Horney Head Cove. An unexpected beam of sunlight illuminated the cove for us, revealing all sorts of aqua-themed colors in the waters of the rocky cove.
We continued along the trail at breakneck pace, puffing a little at the continual steep ups-and-downs of the trail. There is no great elevation gain or loss along these trails, just lots of short ups and downs.
As we continued north towards the exposed headlands, the scrubby short forest gave way to open barrens, and we had views in all directions. We could now see back into Twillingate Harbour and the town of Twillingate, and across to the many islands to the east of us, and to the open ocean to the north. Unfortunately, no icebergs to be seen.
At Horney head, the trail turns west, following the northern edge of Crow Head. We reached another local highpoint, this one totally open, where we could see the Long Point Lighthouse in the distance. The trail then descended (briefly back into a patch of trees at its low point), then steeply back up to the base of the lighthouse.
We crossed the Lighthouse's parking lot and started down the western side of Crow Head. The trails are a bit less rugged and a bit more developed on this side of the Head, but no less beautiful. We walked up towards the rugged tip of Long Point, then back along a very scenic section of trail that wound above western-facing cliffs, towards Sleepy Cove.