Cape Spear Path

Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

10. Deadmans Bay Path

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Fort Amherst (St. John's) to Blackhead
Current Path Status:

All Paths

Current Path Status:
Fort Amherst (St. John's) to Blackhead
About This Path:

This coastal path features steep climbs, a long ridge hike, passing swimming holes on the Southside Hills, a descent into Freshwater (former settlement), a barachois crossing, a hilly section with cliffs, bird nesting views, mixed woods and berry picking grounds. Fort Amherst Lighthouse can be found just beyond the Fort Amherst trailhead, at the end of Fort Amherst Road. Freshwater Pond is a popular picnic and swimming spot, with a spring and a toilet up Bay Path. Hikers looking for an easy to moderate walk should start at Bay Path, accessible from Blackhead Road.  Exercise caution on steep climbs and descents. Conditions are often more severe on top of the Southside Hills than at sea level. Carry adequate protective clothing and water. All services in St. John’s, with no facilities at Fort Amherst or Blackhead.

Estimated time
4 Hours to 7 Hours


Path Advisory:  No path clearing or conditions updates take place during winter months. Map recommended. Trail-rated footwear required.
Access Points:
  • St. John's Southside - Use the visitors' lot at Cahills Point; there is no public parking past this point. Walk 0.5 km to the trailhead, shortly before Fort Amherst Light. Allow time to visit the historic lighthouse, and Second World War battery.
  • Freshwater Bay - Park in the lot provided, on the ocean side of the road, opposite Blackhead Crescent. Walk down Bay Path for 2.2 km. Do not leave valuables in vehicles if parking at the Freshwater Bay parking lot (Bay Path access point) on Blackhead Road.
  • Blackhead - Drive 200 m east through Blackhead, to the gravel parking lot at the end of the road. Do not park in the paved turnaround.

Community Walk Getting to Cape Spear Path: After exiting the trail from the Blackhead trailhead, walk through Blackhead to the Cape Spear Path trailhead (total: 250 m).
Optional Exit Or Access Point
Access Trail
Coastline Views
Developed Trail
Sea Ledge
Steep Ascent