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Clyburn Valley
(#22 Cape Breton Highlands National Park)

Clyburn Valley

Walk or cycle along the Clyburn River through a hardwood forest to an abandoned gold mine. Marvel at the spectacular stands of hardwood trees, boulders bigger than cars, old abandoned beaver ponds, meadows, apple trees and even the remains of an old gold mine!

This trail follows the river for most of the way, but you can catch a glimpse of the Highlands Links, Canada's #1 Public Golf Course, as it weaves its way up this valley. Feel humbled by the sheer rock face of Franey Mountain 425 m (1400 ft.) above. This level, easy trail is great for a fitness walk or relaxing stroll.


Caution: Mountain bikes are permitted but there are rough sections.

Trailhead: Just north of the Clyburn River bridge
Significant Feature: Hardwood valley, river, remains of old gold mine
Length: 8.5 km (5.3 miles) return
Hiking Time: 2 - 3 hours
Elevation: 5 - 50 m (15 - 165 ft.)