Monday, July 29th, 2013 was a cool, clear day. A good day for a hike! It had been hot for a few days so a cool hike with an ocean breeze on the Beaches Path sounded like a great idea! The Beaches Path is a gentle 7 km trail that links the communities of Witless Bay (Gallow’s Cove) to Mobile. To start our hike, we parked in the Mobile Central High School parking lot, and the fine folks at Southern Shore Taxi dropped us at the Witless Bay trailhead. Very nice folks!
The trail begins on a cobblestone beach in the town of Witless Bay. Passing through woods and over marsh via plank walkways, the trail skirts cobblestone beaches and rocky outcrops until it reaches Breaking Point, where the rocky outcrops and cliffs dominate the trailside for the remaining walk. A viewpoint at Little Bald Head offers a view in both directions, and a spectacular view of Herring Cove is available from a second side trail. After passing private property, the trail exits onto Mobile Beach.
We started our walk just before supper, and so we avoided the hottest part of the day and were out on the trail for the spectacular late evening lighting. We were able to spot multiple whales from the Mobile side of the point, and on the Herring Cove branch, we actually came face to face with a bald eagle! After frightening the life out of us he flew to a perch on the opposite side of Herring Cove where I snapped a few pictures. Sadly, there was also a dead whale (small, ie. pothead or perhaps a porpoise) between Little Bald Head and Mobile Point. A two foot shark was washed up on Mobile Beach, an interesting find. Check out the trail highlights and the sights from our hike from the Witless Bay trailhead below. Click a picture to bring up the gallery!