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Gros Morne National Park of Canada

Green Gardens Hiking Trails (Short and Long Trail)

Hiker sitting on volcanic rocks at the Green Gardens shoreline.
Volcanic Rocks at Green Gardens
© Parks Canada / Lynch, W. /

Green Gardens is a great place to discover some of the contrasting landscapes of Gros Morne National Park. The trail begins on the open serpentine barrens of the Tablelands and descends through boreal forest to a fertile volcanic sea coast. The coast is a wonderful array of sea stacks, coves, and beaches topped off with lush cliff-top meadows. One can easily spend many hours exploring along the shore, admiring the abundance of wildflowers in the area, or just lazing on the meadows staring out to sea. Green Gardens was long used by residents of Trout River as summer range for their livestock, and sheep are still seen there today.

Map of Green Gardens trail
Map of Green Gardens trail
© Parks Canada

Short Trail (Long Pond Trailhead to coast return)

  • The Long Pond trailhead is the most used route by hikers. This short trail leads directly to the coast.
  • The Long Pond trailhead is along route 431, just 13 km from Woody Point (3 km from Trout River).
  • The trail is 4.5 km to the beach, 9 km return.
  • The beginning section of the trail heads off across a barren landscape of frost-cracked orange-brown peridotite boulders.
  • The trail rises to a viewpoint and the rock-type changes. Hikers should turn left at the junction, where the trail then descends through forest to the coast.
  • The Long Pond route ends in a staircase leading down to a beach beside a cliff of pillow lava. Stay on the trail. Avoid walking close to the cliff edges at the coast as some parts are undercut.
  • Return by the same route that will be uphill most of the way and is steep in places.

Long Trail (Long Pond or Wallace Brook Trailheads, loop back to return)

  • Those seeking a longer hike can leave from either the Long Pond or Wallace Brook trailheads and complete a loop to return to their starting point.
  • Wallace Brook trailhead is along route 431, just 11 km from Woody Point (5 km from Trout River).
  • The return trips are: 14.5km from the Long Pond trailhead, and 16 km from the Wallace Brook trailhead.
  • Regardless of your starting point, be prepared to ford Wallace Brook in two places . The water in the brook can be very deep after a rainfall, thus it is advisable to take extra footwear (i.e. sandals).
  • This is a long hike over some difficult terrain. Stay on the trail. Avoid walking close to the cliff edges at the coast as some parts are undercut .

Primitive Camping

Green Gardens Trail
Green Gardens Trail
© Parks Canada / Lynch, W. /

For the overnight hiker there are primitive campsites at three locations along the coastline of the Green Gardens trail. All sites have picnic tables and pit toilets. Campfires are permitted only on the beach.

Primitive campsites are reserved on a first come, first serve basis. A permit must be purchased in advance for all primitive campsites within Gros Morne National Park to ensure that sites are not overbooked or overused. Permits can be purchased at park facilities.