GENERAL INFORMATION Name: Dover Day Use Park/Black Duck Cove County: Guysborough County Ownership: NS Department of Natural Resources Trail Length: 3.5km Season: Year Round EMERGENCY INFORMATION Emergency: 911 DIRECTIONS From highway 16 to Canso, take the Little Dover exit. Continue for 7km to the park entrance. The park here contains a stacked loop trail system consisting of a 3.5km perimeter loop. ACTIVITIES Walking: Y Hiking: Y Mountain Biking: N XCountry Ski: N ATV: N Horse: N Snowmobile: N Coastal: Y Loop: Y Wheelchair: N Wheelchair Assisted: N DESCRIPTION ATTENTION: This trail has been storm-damaged! Use at your own risk...with caution. The trail has a 5ft. Wide gravel tread but unfortunately the large sections of elevated boardwalk have been destroyed by a storm. The park also includes two large parking areas; one for off season use and one large area for summer access. Here you will also find a gift shop, canteen, washrooms, change rooms, a pay phone and a picnic area. From the canteen, the trail leads you to a beautiful, sheltered beach at Black Duck Cove; perfect for a swim. There are a number of picnic shelters here as well as rest benches. Continuing past the beach area will take you through a forest of predominantly White Spruce; a tree species that will stand up to the salt air found here. The trees are hanging with "Old Man's Beard", you will understand the reason for this name once you see it. The area here is popular with squirrels, chickadees and other small birds. Feeders are scattered along the trail. Soon you will emerge back onto the coastline to an area referred to as "flat rocks". The shoreline here consists of granite cobble and slabs that have broken and eroded from the underlying bedrock. Picturesque views are offered as you walk alongside barrier beach ponds complete with cat tails. Benches and picnic tables are scattered throughout. From this point the trail continues around the point and heads back towards the parking area. There are a two trails that enable you to cut back across Bluff Point to the swimming beach, again travelling through a softwood forest. Continuing around the perimeter will take you past Keef Point and views of Burnt and Sheep Islands (to name a few) to the east. Continue on to return to the parking area. Be sure to sign the registry located at the main parking area beside the canteen.