Cycling the 'Clyburn Valley' in autumn, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Cycling the Clyburn Valley in autumn is probably by far the best time to see it in all its glory. Roman and I took our mountain bikes for a quick ride into the valley and we were blown away by the scenery. At the beginning of the trail you'll find yourself hugging the Clyburn River that streams by you on the left and if you listen closely you might hear a few people hollering as they attempt to make a “hole in one” on the other side. The trail is just on the other side of the Highland Links Golf Course.
The scenery changes quite a bit as you stroll through the woods and the mountains shift closer every pedal. Cycling this trail in autumn means you get all of that magnificent coloured foliage. The trail isn’t super long - I think it’s 8km round trip, but you can definitely go further than that - as the trail goes well into the highlands, only do this if you have gear with you and you know the way. On a cool autumn day we felt that it was just the right length, complete with a few little hills to climb.
We started the trail by the parking lot (by the Cabot Trail) roadside near the Highlands Link Golf Course and entered onto a trail that winds through the woods next to the moving water of the Clyburn River.
Directions: Cape Breton Highlands National Park - Ingonish, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Turn off the Cabot Trail just north of the Clyburn River and follow the fire access road.