Entrance to Top of Twillingate

Entrance to Top of Twillingate Hike

The hike to the Top of Twillingate delivers the most rewarding views along the way and at the end of this 40 minute hike to the final lookout point.

In total between an hour to hour and a half, this easy to moderate hike follows along a wooded trail with 3 lookout stations before reaching the peak of Twillingate island at 327 ft above sea level, with its 18 ft lookout tower.

This hike starts in the community called Bayview, previously known as Gillard’s Cove. To get to the starting point, drive as if leaving Twillingate onto Route 340. Take the first exit to the right, called Rink Road. Stay on this road until you see the sign at the start of the trail on your right.  There is parking at the start of the hike.

A Hiker Enjoys the View from Lookout 1 on Top of Twillingate trail.

A Hiker Enjoys the View from Lookout 1 on Top of Twillingate trail.

It is a dry trail with some uphill areas and a few hand rails and stretches of board walk to help out. An option is to do the additional loop to the trail on a board walk around Low Mist Pond.

The trail is marked very well and there are washroom facilities at the start of the trail near the trail cabin. In summer a canteen operates at the trail cabin, staffed by students. The area has a few picnic tables and along the trail there is bench seating.

Don’t forget to sign the guest book that is kept at the lookout tower at the peak of the trail.  And why not end the trail off back in Twillingate with fresh fish and chips at JJ’s Fish Market on the deck?

Things to bring:

  • Day pack
  • Water
  • Protection against black flies
  • A hat
  • A camera