Looking for a short hike with nice views? You should probably hike to the Top of Twillingate! As part of the Rockcut Trails system, Top of Twillingate offers a fairly gentle option for hiking enthusiasts. Though if you haven’t stretched your legs in a while, you might huff and puff your way up to the tower. But don’t worry, the viewpoints are worth it!
Twillingate is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Newfoundland. When I visited back in August, I made a point of driving up to Twillingate—even though iceberg season had ended. In case you hadn’t heard, Twillingate’s coast is part of Iceberg Alley and many visit from spring to early summer to view icebergs and go whale watching. So if you arrive in August, you probably won’t see any icebergs. But you can still have a great time exploring Twillingate outdoors!
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About Top of Twillingate Trail
Location: Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador
Distance: 3.5 km loop
Elevation: 71 metre elevation gain
Time: 1 – 1.5 hours
Dog-friendly: Dogs should be on a leash.
Features: Top of Twillingate is a great option for visitors looking for a short hike that still offers some panoramic views. Not overly challenging, the 3 km loop includes several viewpoints and an option for overnight tenting on The Common Mure platform. Along the way, you’ll find several viewpoints and the highest being the 18.5-foot Top of Twillingate Tower. Top of Twillingate is part of the Rockcut Twillingate Trails system.
Finding the Parking Lot
If you have an hour to spare, I highly recommend hiking up Top of Twillingate. It’s only about 5 minutes from downtown Twillingate. Follow Main Street out to Toulinquet Road, then turn right onto Rink Road after Robin’s Donuts. Rink Road turns into Bayview Street. You’ll find Top of Twillingate parking on your left in Gillard’s Cove.
At the trailhead, you’ll find a small parking area, a garbage bin, trail map and information (take a picture). You won’t find a toilet at the trailhead, but there are toilet facilities at the red cabin on the trail.
Top of Twillingate Trail—An Easier Newfoundland Hike
Top of Twillingate isn’t an overly difficult trail. But some might still find the elevation gain a bit beyond their current skill level. As a family-friendly option, kids will likely run up the hill while parents catch up. Regardless of whether you find this hike a cinch or a challenge, you’re sure to enjoy the various viewpoints along the way. What’s the best way to get panoramic views of the Town of Twillingate and the surrounding area? Hike to the top!
After the 2 hour drive from Grand Falls-Windsor, I was ready to stretch my legs and explore this new-to-me place. As one of the most recommended hikes in the area, Top of Twillingate was at the top of my list. I hiked along the well-groomed and followed the boardwalk around Low Mist Pond Loop. Then I continued along the trail, passing picnic tables and benches, and enjoying views of Twillingate. You could even stay overnight at The Common Mure tent site.
The 3.5-km hike took about an hour, including some brief breaks are each lookout. Don’t miss the stairs up the 18.5-foot Top of Twillingate Tower, found at the highest point on the island—about 100 metres above sea level. While the tower is worthwhile, I was quite impressed by the other viewpoints, too!
Top of Twillingate Camping
The Common Mure tent platform provides an option for overnight camping on Top of Twillingate. Not a bad place to sleep with a view. In fact, this would be a great option for young children learning to backpack, or anyone who enjoys tenting. You won’t find a toilet here, but there are toilet facilities further up the trail at the red cabin.
Note: Sites are available on a first come, first serve basis. They will eventually require backcountry permits. Contact Rockcut Trails for more information.
Know Before You Go
Parking: You’ll find a small parking area at the Top of Twillingate trailhead.
Signage: As part of the Rockcut Trails system, Top of Twillingate has new and improved signage, including an updated map and information sign at the trailhead.
Toilet: Washroom facilities are located at the red cabin, not far from the start of the trail.
Garbage: You’ll find a garbage bin at the trailhead. Do not litter on the trail. If you pack it in, please pack it out. Help maintain a clean and healthy trail for everyone to use.
Dogs: Your four-legged friends are permitted on the trail. Please pick up after your pet and dispose of waste in the garbage bin. Do not leave dog poo on the trail.
Hiking Essentials: Even though this is a short trail, it’s still important to be prepared. Bring a day pack (I use this one) with water, snacks, first aid kit, and other hiking essentials. Not sure what to bring? Learn about the 10 Hiking Essentials before you go.
Camping: You’ll find one designated campsite on the trail. The Common Mure tent platform is available for overnight use, on a first come, first serve basis.
Things To Do in Twillingate
When you’re finished hiking, why not head over to Lickety Split for some delicious ice cream? I loved the wild blueberry sundae!
If you’re looking for lunch, the Split Rock Brewery has a delicious hot honey chicken sandwich and refreshingly local flavours to wash it down.
Or if you’re in the mood for seafood, you really can’t go wrong with Annie’s Harbour Restaurant for fish and chips or other delights from the sea.
Perhaps you want more outdoor adventure? Get in touch with Rock Adventures for a sunset kayak paddle in the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll see Twillingate in a whole new way!
Looking for More Newfoundland Hikes?
I’m not an expert on hiking in Newfoundland, but I enjoyed the chance to explore. I was able to check out a few places in Western and Central Newfoundland (and will have to return for Eastern Newfoundland one day!).
In Twillingate, I hiked the Rockcut Trails from French Beach to Lower Little Harbour. If you’re looking for incredible coastal hiking, I suggest hiking this 20-km route or planning a shorter section if you don’t have enough time.
In Gros Morne National Park, you could check out Green Gardens Trail or if you’re looking for a challenge, consider the multi-day Long Range Traverse (previous backpacking experience recommended or plan to hike with a guide).
Top of Twillingate Trail Map
Have you hiked to the Top of Twillingate? What was your experience like? Let me know in the comments below!
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