Hiking trails are great anytime of the year! In winter, bring along your snowshoes no matter which trail you decide to tackle. Whenever I found myself in Stephenville with a couple hours to spare, I usually head out to the Gravels Walking Trails to check out their condition.
Hike #8 in Hikes of Western Newfoundland, this trail looks much different covered in snow and ice! Parking is not as easy, as the parking space is not maintained in the winter. I parked at the Home Hardwear (it was closed, perhaps ask first when they are open) and walked across the road to the trailhead.
From here follow the shoreline trail (read snowshoe path) heading towards Lead Cove. here are some nice view points along the way worth a stop. On a clear day, you can see the Lewis Hills to the north east, stunning in their winter whites. The eroded shoreline has new appeal this time of the year, lots of icicles! The rock formations are still just as awesome. Staying on the trail will bring you to Lead Cove.
From Lead Cove, to make a small 2km loop, I headed out towards Our Lady of Mercy Church. This is Newfoundland’s largest wooden church – a real sight! I was surprise and delighted with al
l the new signage along the trail. Once on the road, I headed back towards the Home Hardware to the car.
Grab your snowshoes and hit the trails!
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