Climb Castle Rock photo credit Shane Nauss

Climb Castle Rock

If you’re coming to our corner of the planet you really need to put “Climb Castle Rock” on your MUST DO list. With 360 degree views of Nova Scotia’s South Shore we can guarantee the sights are so worth the hike all year long.

And with 3 (three) well-marked routes you’ll find a path to the peak suited for all levels of hikers. The Recreation and Parks Team at the Municipality of Chester describes the routes as follows.

Climb Castle Rock trail map photo credit S Beaumont

The EASIEST route follows the old tree lot road uphill. There are occasional loose rocks and wet areas, but otherwise, it is an easy, open and gentle slope to the base of the rock.

The MODERATE route begins on the old tree lot road, follows a side road , then enters the woods. The path is wet in spots, but otherwise open and with a moderate climb to the base of the rock.

Climb Castle Rock moderate trail photo credit S Beaumont

The MOST DIFFICULT route ascends steeply uphill, plateaus, then takes a left-hand turn uphill into the woods. From there the path is narrow, steep in spots, and includes short rock step-ups and downs. It does provide a spectacular view of the front side of the cliffs.

No matter which trail you use, the last 100m scramble onto Castle Rock can be a challenge. Scout out the route that is best for you.

You’ll find a printable PDF map of Castle Rock here. It includes the 3 routes to the top, some suggestions for what to bring and more.

Climb Castle Rock photo credit S Beaumont

The climb to Castle Rock can be accessed along the Chester Connection Section of the Rum Runners Trail as it runs through East River, Nova Scotia. You’ll pass beautiful lakes and lovely streams as you go – all picture-perfect so be sure to bring your camera.

In fact, our friends at Tourism Chester host the #CastleRockClub in which you’re invited to take a picture once you’ve made it to the top, hashtag your shot when you share it and they’ll add you to their growing gang of Castle Rock Climbers.

Climb Castle Rock Chester Connection Section photo credit S Beaumont

Couple of notes… be sure to block off some time as the hike in, up and back is approximately 8km/5miles. You’ll want to pack water and a snack. And feel free to bring your furry friends but be advised dogs are must be kept on leash.

You’ll find a complete list of our Happy Trails here.

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