Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
229.00 ft (69.80 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
4.80 mi (7.72 km)
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Sitting at the southeastern tip of Campobello Island rests Liberty Point, which provides views of West Quoddy Head Lighthouse and the U.S. mainland. Campobello Island is home to Roosevelt Campobello International Park, the only international park of it's kind. One of the more popular trails in the park is the Liberty Point to Raccoon Beach trail loop. This path is of moderate difficulty because it skirts the cliffs along the Bay of Fundy and meanders through the old-growth forests and bogs that are abundant in this region.

Starting from the parking lot and trailhead at Liberty Point, take a moment to look south toward the U.S. and enjoy the numerous viewing platforms here for various photos opportunities. The trail then leaves to the north following the coast line and climbing over roots and boulders with portions of the trail having split logs with flat sides up to walk on. Take care because this region can often be foggy, making the logs moist and slick. After approximately 0.6 miles the Sunsweep Sculpture can be accessed at Ragged Point. This 0.1-mile offshoot from the main trail offers more views of the bay as well as chances to view seals and waterfowl along the coast. Returning to the main trail, follow the coastline north for another 1.7 miles to the Raccoon Beach area. The beach sits next to an open field with shelters, potable water, and restrooms. Raccoon Beach is roughly the turnaround and mid-way point, and it has ample space to sit down and rest or eat for a bit.

From Raccoon Beach, the loop then continues back south by taking an interior path into the island. This path makes it's way toward Lower Duck Pond. Look for markers along the gravel road at the south end of the field at Raccoon Beach to continue on the trail, and follow the trail approximately 1.1 miles until the trail ends at a gravel road. Turn right to follow the gravel road another 0.25 miles down a hill to Lower Duck Pond. There is another beach and promontory where numerous photos can be taken looking back toward the U.S. or along the coast looking into the cove. The trail back to Liberty Point picks up at the east end of Lower Duck Pond and continues 1.1 miles passing through Yellow Bank picnic site and returning to the west end of Liberty Point at the gravel road just above the trailhead's initial start.  

Whales have been known to be visible from the coast in years past on a clear day, but for the best chance to view whales from land, drive to the north end of the island at the Head Harbour Lightstation after your hike.  If you're looking for some post-hike nourishment, stop by The Fireside Restaurant off of NB-774. The restaurant is small, but it offers local fare at a reasonable price.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

No

Open from

May 15 to October 15

Pros

Unique landscape. Family friendly. Near other adventures.

Cons

Long gravel road access.

Trailhead Elevation

42.00 ft (12.80 m)

Highest point

93.00 ft (28.35 m)

Features

Family friendly
ADA accessible
Potable water
Flushing toilets
Historically significant
Shelters
Old-growth forest
Bird watching
Wildlife
Big vistas
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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