Hayes Cave

Hayes Cave lies within towering gypsum cliffs of Nova Scotia. The cave entrance is a small hole sloping down into the cave which is approximately 20 metres high and 40 metres wide. Be sure to bring a powerful headlamp or floodlight as a small flashlight will not be able to pierce the darkness. Follow a trail down to the edge of the underground lake and look up to see small brown bats clinging to the ceiling of the cave. After leaving the cave, follow a trail to the right (when facing the cave) to lead you to the top of the gypsum cliffs. This provides a gorgeous view over the valley, especially in the Fall when the leaves are vibrant colours. There is often a rope available to assist you in the climb up and down the path.

Since 2011 White Nose Syndrome has been discovered in Nova Scotia and though it does not affect humans, it is responsible for a significant decline in an already tenuous bat population. Researchers are not sure how this disease is transmitted but there are concerns that people could transfer it on their footwear and clothing resulting in cross contamination. The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources is requesting people stay out of caves and mines where bats reside until further research can be conducted.

It is important that bats not be disturbed during mating and hibernation periods from mid-August to the end of May. Bats are very sensitive to disturbance during the hibernation period and too many unnatural arousals can be fatal for some bats.
Thanks to Bat Biologist Lesley Farrow for her updates on this issue.

Due to these concerns we have removed directions to Hayes Cave until further notice.

Province of Nova Scotia Description

X Parking Lot X Outhouses
X Wheelchair Accessible X Washrooms
X Picnic Tables

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GPS Coordinates for parking 1(road): x
GPS Coordinates for parking 2(creek): x
GPS Coordinates near cave entrance: x

Directions: Removed until further updates on the transfer of White Nose Syndrome.

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