A short but very rewarding hike on the top of River Denys Mountain will lead you to a very cool cave site. This cave has been actively carved by a stream in the woodlands of Cape Breton for over 100 years.
From the dirt road, you enter the mature deciduous forest on a short path that is located by the brook. After only about 150m, you notice in front of you a large limestone cliff. The stream that has been running by the side of the trail suddenly meanders back and forth, plunges over 15ft over a rock wall before disappearing beneath the large limestone cliff.
Carefully make your way down the right hand side of the fall and enter the outer portion of a cave that was created by a large slab leaning into the cliff face. This portion of the cave is about 15ft high and 6ft wide. At the back end of this portion, you can enter the smaller tunnel shaped cave. This position is only about 6ft high at times, 4feet wide but goes in quite a long way. The bottom of this portion of the cave is deep mud with a bit of water flowing in certain spots. The mud was about ankle high in some places. I didn’t go as deep as I could but it looked like the cave continued quite a ways.
Take highway 105 and turn on River Denys Mountain Rd at 5076296.33 m N, 631279.62 m E. Go up to the top of the Mountain and park past the church at approximately 5081419.51 m N, 630493.28 m E. The trailhead is hard to miss, just follow the brook downstream…
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