Barre De L’isle Trail (Non-Strenuous)
This trail takes approximately one hour to walk (one-mile) and another hour to climb Mr. La Combe ridge. The trail offers panoramic views from four lookout points. See the ragged Mount Gimie and the blue-green mountain rainforest, Cul-de-Sac valley, the Caribbean Sea and community of Aux Leon. View the expansive Mabouya Valley and Fond d’Or beach on the Atlantic coast.
Des Cartiers Rainforest (Strenuous)
St Lucia’s most hidden lush rainforest is just six miles inland from the east coast main highway through a secondary road. Here, you might see the rare St Lucia Parrot (Jacquot). Walk through the rainforest and view the incredible forest and discover some of St Lucia’s native wildlife on this 2-kilometer trail.
Edmund Forest Reserve (Strenuous)
This 3½-hour hike will take you through the heart of the tropical island into Edmund Forest Reserve on the western side of the island. Plants such bromeliads, orchids, mushrooms, lianas and others can be seen on large roots or branches on the spongy forest. Head westward for a magnificent view of Mt Gimie, St Lucia’s highest peak. An Agriculture ministry booth at the start of the trail sell permits, which is required for entry.
Enbas Saut (Moderate to Strenuous)
This trail is six miles East of Soufriere and at the foot of the highest mountain peak, (Mount Gimie) in St Lucia. The trail is a 4 km trail. Remote and scenic, it offers a variety of rainforest, cloud forest, Elfin woodlands and wildlife. Translated to English Enbas Saut means “below the falls”. The trail is famous for its two cascading waterfalls and pools at the head of the Troumassee River.
Forestierre Rainforest Trail
The Forestierre Trail is 30 minutes away from the City of Castries, and is situated in the community of Forestierre. The trail is part of an Old French Road, which traverses through mature pristine rainforest. Perhaps some of the most distinctive features on this trail are the abundance of large spectacular figtrees, ephytes, and ferns. This (5) kilometer long trail begins as a gentle downward slope through natural, dense foliage meandering among l’encens trees (protuim attenatum) that produces a white sap with a highly astringent smell. Also common is the majestic chataignier tree, which is supported by a system of elegant buttresses spreading around its base like the gentle folds of a regal gown. The walk back to the main road allows time for peaceful reflection and simple enjoyment of nature’s green botanical wonder.
Millet Bird Sanctuary Trail
Located inthe heartland of St. Lucia, the Millet Bird Sanctuary Trail is a haven for birdlife. Over 30 species of birds can be found there, including five endemic species: The St. Lucia Black Finch, St. Lucia Parrot, St. Lucia Warbler, St. Lucia Oriole and St. Lucia Pewee.
It takes approximately one hour to complete the 1.75 miles walk which is moderate to strenuous, and perched at about 1000 feet above sea level. The trail provides a breathtaking view of the John Compton Dam, which is the largest in the Eastern Caribbean, at 2 kilometere long with an output capacity of 6.3 million gallons of water daily.
|All those wishing to enter the forest must have a permit.
It is illegal under the Forest Soil and Water Conservation Ordinance Act to access trails without the permission of the Forest and Lands Department. Permits are typically available for sale at the entrance of each trail. For information on Rainforest Walks call the Forest & Lands Department on 758 450-2231/2078.
A Villa Gina representative can book a tour on your behalf.
Includes Medicinal Herb Garden and Wildlife Collection (Mini-Zoo)
Spend some time with nature on a looped trail which takes you through a secondary dry forest in about an hour. Many dominant tree species thrive here and birds can be spotted along the trail such as humming birds, finches, warblers and more.
Discover the magical wonders of herbs in the medicinal herb garden. Bush medicines are becoming an increasing form of alternative therapy. To complement your trail experience, satisfy your curiosity with close-ups of some indigenous and a few exotic wildlife at the Union Mini zoo.
An Interpretive Centre provides you with information on endangered species, vegetation zones and the forest. It takes 10 to 15 minutes to drive here from most hotels in the north to get to this trail. This is a half-day tour.