Stanleyville is an abandoned logging community in Gros Morne National Park and a great hike if you only have an hour or two. Last Sunday, Alice and I were up in the park and around 1pm decided to do a hike before we headed back to Corner Brook. Knowing we only had about 3 hours until dark, we decided to hike in the Lomond River area, finally settling on Stanleyville because Alice had not been in there yet.
From the Lomond campground, we started up the trail, each taking a bucket of gravel to contribute to the trails ongoing maintenance. This trail is well defined and easy to follow. We wandered along, enjoying the calmness of the forest, keeping our eye out for moose.
The trail to Stanleyville is just 4km return, with only about 105m of elevation gain and follows the old road that the loggers would have used to get from Lomond to Stanelyville. After climbing over the ridge, we made our way down to Paynes Cove and the abandoned Stanleyville logging site. On the beach, there are a couple picnic tables, a set of red chairs, and a backcountry campsite.
From the beach, you have the best view of Killdevil Mountain in the whole park. Relax and enjoy while your here. While we were on the beach, the wind was blowin’ and the waves were crashin’, so we didn’t linger for long, hiking back out the way we came.
- This trail is in good shape with only a few small blow downs that you can easily step over.
- Hunting is allowed on this trail and in the area, so be aware and stay on the trail.
- There was a bit of ice forming just uphill of the bridge, which made that section very slippery.
- The outhouses were still open but TP was hit or miss, I would advise bringing your own.
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