Cape Split Trail
Trail Update: The Nova Scotia government has recently acquired the 280 hectares (700 acres) of wilderness in Kings County that Cape Split is located in. It is currently being developed into a provincial park. More information can be found here: Cape Split Provincial Park Reserve Preliminary Management Plan
Following Highway 101 take Exit 11 to the 358 North and drive to Scott's Bay. Then follow the Cape Split signs to the parking lot and the trailhead.
Cape Split is a great hike to a spectacular view of one of Nova Scotia's most famous rock formations. This can be a long walk for the un-experienced hiker, but it is well worth the trip.
There are two trails that lead to the destination point; on the left a cliff side coastal trail and an easier in-land trail to the right (walk along the fence and then choose left or right). The more difficult trail along the coast can be dangerous due to cliff side trails and constant erosion over the years and is not recommend for use.
The trail on the right, past the fence, is fairly easy going and is well suited for most hikers and bikers. This trail is roughly 16 km long, you should give yourself at least 5 hours to hike out, enjoy the view, and then hike back. There are some washed out sections, inclines and declines, but overall it is a fairly good trail. Also be sure to stay away from the edge of the cliffs when getting a good look at the view.
Parts of this trail are also on private property so it's "hike at your own risk", but the landowners have done a decent job at keeping the trail semi-maintained.