The Secret Tree House on the East Coast Trail

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For major hiking enthusiasts, weekend walkers, and those who only come because their friends wanted them to, the East Coast Trails offer something for everyone.

Finding secret meadows on the East Coast Trail is a nice treat while hiking around the Witless Bay Mobile area

One of the best sections of the East Coats Trail links Tors Cove, Mobile Bay, and Witless Bay along a coastal stretch beside the Witless Bay Marine Ecological Reserve. This part of the East Coast Trail serves up some of the easiest and most exciting East Coast Tail hikes in the Witless Bay Islands Park Reserve Zone. 

After posting an image of the secret East Coast Trail treehouse, Whale House Instagram exploded with questions as to its location. The secret treehouse is pretty cool, and aside from being a great place to take a photo, the east coast trail treehouse is also fun to be around. It’s kind of like holding a balloon or ice cream cone, it just makes you smile.

Beaches Path Trail Head on Ambrose Carey Road
Beaches Path Trail Head on Ambrose Carey Road

So how do you get to the secret treehouse on the East Coast Trail? The treehouse is on the Beaches Cove Path near the beginning of this hiking trail starting at Mobile Bay Beach.

Begin by following the coastline north along Mobile Beach (so go left if you’re facing the ocean) and soon the rocky beach will start to wind along some marked traditional trails that will take you along a short section of Ambrose Carey Road past a few houses before the trail disappears into the woods.

If you keep following this path for 7 kilometers you will end up at Ragged Beach in the community of Witless Bay, just past the Witless Bay Islands Park Reserve. 

Taking a little detour off the beaten path

The hike from Mobile Beach to Witless Bay along the Beaches Path East Coast Trail Hike is rated as easy and takes about 3 hours to complete if you’re taking your time but to see the secret treehouse on the east coast trail you don’t need to go very far from the hiking trailhead in Mobile. Once you enter the forest-covered wooded section at the end of Ambrose Carey Road, you’re almost at the secret treehouse. 

The home closest to the trailhead has some small farm animals like chickens, ducks, and goats lurking in the woods just off the east coast trail, so don’t be startled if you hear random clucking and quacking off in the distance. The treehouse will appear on your right side within the first five minutes of the hike.

The Beaches Path East Coast Trail Hike has lots of mature trees that give hikers a true canopy feeling. Just off the coastal trails are traditional meadows and grassy nolls ideal for picture-perfect Instagram moments. This area also provides a fantastic sheltered area for any east coast trail hiker needing to escape the wind. 

Feel free to hike the entire Beaches Path East Coast Trail from Mobile to Witless Bay, but know it’s also just as fun to explore the areas in and around the treehouse, especially if you want to stay close to comforts in Mobile and just want a taste of what the East Coast Trail is like.

If you’re looking for other Fun East Coat Trail Hikes near Mobile Bay and the Witless Bay Marine Park and Ecological Reserve, consider exploring the Tinkers Point Path hike from Mobile to Tors Cove, arguably rated the Best East Coast Trail Hike in Newfoundland

Aside from offering world-renowned hiking and picturesque picnic spots, the East Coast Trail Hikes following the Witless Bay Marine Ecological Reserve’s coastline provide some of the best Whale Watching From Land on Newfoundland’s East Coast. Wildlife is generally abundant in this area, with moose frequenting the forest paths. Marine mammals are common and sea otters can be spotted wandering the coastal forests and intertidal regions. 

Seals pop their head out of the water to get a better look at hikers as they walk by wondering if they’re thinking about the same. 

View of Mobile Bay on the Beaches Path of the East Coast Trail
View of Mobile Bay on the Beaches Path of the East Coast Trail

Have you visited the Secret Tree House on the East Coast Trail Beachs Path? What was the highlight of your time on this section of the East Coast Trail? Let us know what your experience was like.    

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