The newest route of the International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland & Labrador (IATNL) has recently been listed #1 of 4 Amazing Adventure Travel Trips by Explore Magazine. The route extends from Trout River in Gros Morne National Park to James Cook’s Stone Brook in the beautiful Bay of Islands, and is included in the planned Cabox Global Geopark.
“The Destination: We’ve all seen the views from the Tablelands of Gros Morne National Park — an alpine plateau diving down steep mountainsides into a long finger of water. This rugged region is the northern extension of the Appalachian Mountains and Gros Morne is at the terminus of the International Appalachian Trail, a 1,000-odd-km extension to America’s 3,500-km Appalachian Trail.”
“The Action: The society that advocates for the IAT wants to extend it further north, linking existing trails on Blow Me Down Mountain and Lewis Hill, on the south side of the Bay of Islands, to the Tablelands Ophiolite on the north side of the bay. But first they need help finding a route through approximately 45 km of tuckamore forest. Hardy hikers who don’t mind a little bushwhacking and wilderness backpacking will join reps from the IAT for this three-day trek. From Trout River Pond’s epic views, the group will work its way over the barrens, past Liverpool Brook Gorge and its abundant waterfalls to the North Arm Ophiolite and back down to the Bay of Islands for a final-night bonfire at a historic fishing house.”
For more on the story, go to the IATNL Website