Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve is located on the southeastern tip of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, within the Eastern Hyper-Oceanic Barrens ecoregion (862 KB).
The closest community to Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve (2.3 MB) is Portugal Cove South, which is a two-hour drive south from St. John's on Highway 10 (the Irish Loop Drive).
From Argentia, the drive follows Highway 100 north to the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1), east to Exit 35, then continues along Highway 90 to Portugal Cove South. You can also access the Irish Loop Drive from Exit 37 off the Trans-Canada Highway.
The Edge of Avalon Interpretive Centre - from which the official guided tours to Mistaken Point depart - is located adjacent to Highway 10 in Portugal Cove South.
From the Interpretive Centre, it is two kilometres to the northern boundary of Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve and 14.9 kilometres to the Watern Cove-Mistaken Point trailhead. To reach the latter, follow Harbour Road (paved) through Portugal Cove South (for 1.9 km) and then continue along the gravel Cape Race Road.
No motorized vehicles of any type, including off-road, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or snowmobiles, are allowed in the Reserve. Bicycles and horses are also not permitted.
Beyond the Watern Cove River, the Watern Cove trail enters part of the Fossil Protection Zone (512 KB) -- an area of coastline within the Reserve where fossils are most vulnerable to the effects of erosion and human activities. Access to this portion of the Reserve is by guided tour only.
In certain cases, such as for scientific research, entry permits can be issued for access to the Fossil Protection Zone. However, public access to the zone is generally restricted to ensure protection of these world-class fossils. For more information on the Fossil Protection Zone, please contact the Natural Areas Program.
For more information about guided tours within Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve visit the Activities page.