Cave at Gays River

Cave at Gays River near Halifax, NS

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7 kms
Snowshoeing, Hiking, Mountain Biking
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Halifax, NS
User Benlalonde

This is a hike which will consist of mostly following a well maintained dirt road, followed by some bushwhacking (about 1.5km worth) to some limestone cliffs and related sinkhole areas. In bonus you will also be able to see at least two large openings of a solution cave system.

As of April 2011, there is an outbreak of white nose syndrome in bats in the Maritimes. Since this syndrome can wipe out whole bat population and this cave is a known bat hibernaculum, I have deleted all the coordinates that lead to this cave. I hope you all understand.

Starting off the highway, you walk on the very well maintained dirt road. A mountain bike would drastically cut down on the time it will take you to reach the limestone outcrops. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of logging on either side of the road and this part of the trip is not memorable. There is one Y intersection where you will take the right hand branch. Follow the road as it goes down a small hill. Before you start to go down the hill, you will be able to see in front of you the small hills where the limestone outcrops are located.

As soon as I reached the start of a hill, I turned on a secondary path on the left and went through a large logged area. Raspberry bushes are aplenty in this area so maybe not your best route if you are wearing shorts. On the tail end of my trip I made it back to this road without traversing any logged area so this might be a better option. Towards the back and to the right of this large logged area, I finally made it to the top of the ravine where black brook is located. This is a nice part of the forest with a few large evergreen still standing tall. At the bottom of the ravine, you will be in front of a smallish pond. On the opposite side of it is the start of the limestone outcrop and one of the entrances of the black brook cave system. The water from the pond you will circumnavigate flows right into the cave entrance and helps top carve out the cave system…hence the tern solution cave. Be careful here as you will notice very large pieces of limestone have fallen down right over the entrance of the cave. This is a reminder that these caves are active and you should proceed with caution at all times.

After viewing this part of the cave system, I made my way to the top of the cliff in the back of the cave entrance and then made my way through some fairly difficult terrain. This area is full of sinkholes and small hills. A better option might be to follow the stream that feeds into the small pond at the mouth of the cave instead of climbing the cliff. At some point I made it to the top of a large scree slope and when I was going down the slope, I noticed another entrance to the cave system. At the bottom of the scree slope, I continued along the cliff in an “upstream” manner for a few hundred feet and finally to the second large cave entrance. There was a lot of animal track going into the entrance….probably a porcupine or rabbit. This part of the cave system is larger than the first and you can again see a small stream disappearing into the rock. What a cool place to visit!

From here, I made my way to the top of the small hill that is directly in front the cave entrance and once to the top of the hill, through a logged area and then back to the road. Turning right onto the road, I was shortly back at my car.


Highway 224 towards middle Musquodoboit. Park near Gay River


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