April 22, 2018 ~ Tour buses go there by the dozens each year. Hikers head there from as far away as Germany. The small town of King’s Point, in the central region of Newfoundland, has been attracting more and more visitors and is building a name for itself to rival Twillingate and Rocky Harbour.
Why? King’s Point’s proximity to the TCH is a factor. (It’s a 15 minute drive off the TCH at Springdale Junction.) The stretch of mountain ridge behind the community is also surely an influence — it is both pretty and a hiking destination. And there are 4 waterfalls in the area that can be walked to, one of which is a neck-stretching 800 feet tall.
A lot of people got a taste of King’s Point in the summer of 2015 when an iceberg floated its way up into the end of the community’s long bay. It stayed around for weeks, long after icebergs in other areas of Newfoundland had broken up and melted. The ‘summer of the berg’ gave King’s Point flocks of visitors and a great deal of publicity.
Here Are 8 Reasons Why Folks Are Heading to King’s Point, Newfoundland
1 ~ The Alexander Murray Hiking Trail
The 8 kilometer Alexander Murray Hiking Trail takes folks up to a 1100 foot peak elevation that looks down over King’s Point, its bay and just about everything else in the area in nearly a 360 degree radius. The view from the very top covers Green Bay, nearly out to the ocean, and all the way back to the Gaff Topsails.
The Murray has three waterfalls, picnic areas and a heckuva lot of stairs! This ultimate stair master trek is a personal challenge for many people and the Murray draws hikers from as far away as Europe.
2 ~ Dr. Jon Lien Whale Pavilion
You might be surprised to learn that the world’s largest humpback whale skeleton is at the waterfront in King’s Point. The Dr. Jon Lien Whale Pavilion holds a 50′ whale skeleton, with interpretation.
There are lots of photos of the whale pavilion to be found online, but it’s best to get inside the building for the full experience.
Admission is $5 adult, which also provides admission to the King’s Point Heritage House.
Read more about the whale pavilion on CBC.
3 ~ King’s Point Heritage House
The Heritage House in King’s Point is a house that you need to smell. (Seriously.) It smells of the past. It smells of history. The kitchen is filled with dishes, pots and more to bring back plenty of memories for anyone over 40 years old. The bedrooms upstairs are all arranged, and the living room hints at ghosts of the past.
There are rumours this old house is actually haunted. (But you may have to go there and feel it to believe it… ooooOOoooooo!)
4 ~ Strolling Down By the Bay!
There is a stretch of waterfront in King’s Point, near the Whale Pavilion and the boat launch, which has been developed for pedestrian use. [See photo at very top, photo credit Perry Gillingham] There are benches and picnic tables and it does make for a nice short stroll or a place to sit and chill and try to spy a whale.
5 ~ Tourism Assets
King’s Point has the places to eat, places to stay and places to gas up (… and washrooms!) that travellers need.
And because tourism is really picking up in King’s Point, we can expect the number of small tourism-oriented businesses and services to grow.
King’s Point at a Glance
– Population about 650
– RV park, playground, Canada Post outlet, pottery shop, 2 convenience stores, 2 gas stations, inn & cafe with wharf, 1 harbour-side food truck, heritage house, whale museum, boat launch, 8 km hiking trail, bar, Liquor Express, boat tours, picnic areas, public wharf, B & B, ATMs
– 15 minute drive off TCH
– 1 hour drive from Grand Falls-Windsor
– 90 minute drive from Deer Lake
6 ~ Harry’s Harbour & Jackson’s Cove
About a 20 minute drive from King’s Point are the communities of Jackson’s Cove, Langdon’s Cove, Harry’s Harbour and Silverdale. The area is very scenic and makes for a nice drive. Harry’s Harbour has a hiking trail system and a naturally-formed rock pinnacle.
Jackson’s Cove also has a hiking trail, the Ocean View Trail, which boasts a natural rock arch.
Also in that area is the tiny community of Nicky’s Nose Cove, which has a long stretch of pebbly beach from which whales might be seen and where caplin roll up in summer.
Read more about the Jackson’s Cove/Harry’s Harbour area, on greenbayfeed.com
7 ~ Rattling Brook Falls
What geographical good luck for King’s Point to have an 800 ft waterfalls just a 5 minute drive away. Rattling Brook Falls is located at the beginning of the community of Rattling Brook. It is a popular stop for visitors as well as locals. The walk up to the base of the falls is only about 10 minutes, mostly over very well-constructed board walk and stairs.
Falls selfies are popular and on hot days the small pool at the base of the falls, next to the first lookout, turns into a local swimming hole for cool dips.
For visitors that don’t want to walk up to the base of Rattling Brook Falls, the waterfalls is view-able from the road. There is also a picnic area roadside.
Look up, look waaaaay up. Check out this drone video, taken by King’s Point photography Draper Hollett:
8 ~ The Caribou Trail in Rattling Brook
The Caribou Walking Trail at the end of the community of Rattling Brook is a newer in/out trail that, for the most part, runs along the Southwest Arm of Green Bay. The trail starts at the very end of Rattling Brook and first follows an ATV path. Then it turns down towards the bay. From there it is very well marked and easy to follow to a secluded picnic area that marks the turn around point.
If it’s peace and quiet you’re looking for, you’ll find it at the end of the Caribou.
Read more about Rattling Brook’s Caribou Trail on greenbayfeed.com ~
~ A New Hiking Trail, at Rattling Brook, Newfoundland
~ Love Stories on Rattling Brook’s Caribou Trail
How to Get To King’s Point & Rattling Brook ~
Turn onto route 390 at Springdale Junction, then take Route 391
King’s Point on Google Maps
More about King’s Point ~
King’s Point RV Park on Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism website
King’s Point Community Profile, on greenbayfeed.com
Town of King’s Point website
King’s Point Tourism Facebook Group
King’s Point on Bob’s Newfoundland
King’s Point on Trip Advisor
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