Green Gardens Trail
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.
Note: After several years of cautioning visitors about hazards due to extreme soil erosion the section of the Green Gardens Trail from Steve's Cove to Wallace Brook is closed and the entire Wallace Brook trail is closed. Hikers are not to venture to these sections and former trails. The decision was made in the interest of visitor safety. The open section of the Green Gardens trail offers a 10 km return hike to the spectacular Green Gardens coast. The trail continues to provide hikers with access to the beach, sea stacks, sea cave, and a primitive campsite. All the features that this trail is noted for.
- 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, 10 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.
For the overnight hiker there are 2 primitive campsites along the coastline of the Green Gardens trail. All sites have picnic table 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, namely the Discovery Centre in Woody Point or the Visitor Centre in Rocky Harbour.