The Clyburn river valley is a great "no stress" hike or bike along doubletrack jeep road.
It's pleasant, giving you various lookouts along the river, and some great swimming holes for relief on a hot day.
We saw locals out for walks, one fly fisherman, and, terrain that could have substituted quite nicely for "a river runs through it".
This is less of a hike than it is a nice gentle stroll ideal for families, seniors, or a casual mountain bike ride. There are some great views up to the jagged rocks of "Franey" one of the great hikes in the hiker's festival at Ingonish from Sept 16-25 (highly recommended).
Other features include the remains of an old gold mine (walls still there), views into the wild and very remote plateau above, and, lots of wildflowers along the river bank.
To get to the "zen" area of river solitude, you have to get past the golf course area, about 2-3 km into your stroll. This is also a groomed XC ski track in the winter, complete with open air woodstoves at the start area.
You can hike this trail as part of the Hike the Highlands Festival" Sept 16-25 out of Ingonish, N.S. For further information, please click on the link above.
You'll drive over the Clyburn River Valley bridge on the way to Ingonish, simply note the parking area to the left of the highway, off the Cabot Trail. Not much further, the entrance to Franey, the parks showcase hike. Drive north via the Canso causeway onto the Cabot trail if driving from the mainland. About 2 hours up the Cabot trail, you'll reach Ingonish, a picturesque town alongside some pretty beach and surrounded by the Cape Breton Highlands national park.
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