Walk in the footsteps of natives some 200 years ago as you explore the restored Mastic Trail. Containing one of the largest examples of native Caribbean dry forest, as well as subtropical mangrove swamps, this 3.7 km (2.3 mi) hike meanders across a patchwork of terrains, up to the low-lying island’s highest point. Hike through black and yellow mastic trees and watch for many species of indigenous birds, which are often hidden among the wild orchids and flowering vines. A 170 m (557 ft) hand-built rock causeway flanks the southern side of the walk through a black mangrove forest. The trail has mixed terrain so wear appropriate footwear and carry water with you; allow three to four hours. Guides are available from the National Trust. Using our online itinerary creator, North Side attractions like Mastic Trail can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Mastic Trail Reviews
This is not a hike for beginners. Very rough terrain, difficult footing. Saw very little wildlife (went during early afternoon but still expected to see more than a couple of snakes and a few birds) more »
It was an ok walk, not worth the effort. You walk through a mangrove swamp. We heard birds, but did not see any. The part on the boardwalk. It gets challenging after that ends. more »
Incredible breathtaking flora and fauna. Thank you Stuart our guide
Unique hike, one of the last original forests in the Caribbean. Plenty of sharp coral to watch out for but otherwise not too difficult.
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