One of Cape Breton Highlands National Park most popular hiking trail, Middle Head, attracts annually over 16, 000 hikers. It is a looped 4 km trail that features incredible scenery and look-offs along the way for some great pictures. There are interpretative panels along the way that explain the human history – the Corson House & property before the Keltic Lodge, and the fishing industry as well flora and fauna of the area.
At the tip of Middle Head to the left there is a short trail that takes you to a popular place with sea birds – gulls, cormorants, guillemots and others. Great place to stop for a snack or lunch and watch the birds.
There is an trail that takes you back to the Keltic Lodge and provides views of Ingonish Island, Ingonish Centre & Ingonish. Lately it has provided some great photo opportunities of spruce grouse and pileated woodpeckers.
Middle Head is one of the hikes offered in this year’s Hike the Highlands Festival , Sept. 10-19, 2010. The festival features 10 days of hiking, 24 guided hikes, evening presentations, opening & closing ceremonies and much more.