Waitukubuli National Trail
Dominica is pleased to boast of its Waitukubuli National Trail, which is the Caribbean’s premier long distance hiking trail. The Waitukubuli National Trail was successfully established through the support of the government of Dominica, the European Union and the Waitukubuli Ecological Foundation. This trail is geared at attracting real nature lovers, persons looking for a fun way to exercise and photographers seeking exceptional subjects. This extraordinary trail runs from Scottshead in the south of the island, for 115 miles (184 km), to the Cabrits National Park in the north. The trail slithers up and down the country’s mountainous terrain, and meticulously traces the ridges of this island’s vertebrae.
|SEGMENT||STARTS||ENDS||DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY|
|2||SOUFRIERE ESTATE||BELLEVUE CHOPIN||MODERATE|
|3||BELLEVUE CHOPIN||WOTTEN WAVEN||MODERATE|
|4||WOTTEN WAVEN||POND CASSE||MODERATE|
|5||POND CASSE||CASTLE BRUCE||EASY|
|6||CASTLE BRUCE||HATTEN GARDEN||MODERATE|
|7||HATTEN GARDEN||FIRST CAMP||MODERATE|
|8||FIRST CAMP||PETITE MACOUCHERIE||DIFFICULT|
|9||PETITE MACOUCHERIE||COLIHAUT HEIGHTS||HARD|
The fourteen segments of this natural wonder retrace the paths used by maroons (runaway slaves) during the slavery era. Thus, hiking through the Waitukubuli National Trail is more than just enjoying nature. Rather, it is an opportunity to relive and revisit the history of the islanders, as one takes part in the journey the ancestors took. Consequently the scenes move from the natural attractions of the island, to historic elements such as the stone wall built by the maroons as seen in Segment 2.
Hiking along the Waitukubuli National Trail is indeed a thrilling experience! The vast variety of flora and fauna one encounters is a mere indication of Dominica’s truly rich nature as an ecotourism destination. The many farms that the hiker will see along the way, as well as the farmers with backs bent against the sun on a warm tropical day reflects the hard working nature of the Dominican people and will serve as evidence that agriculture is alive and well in Dominica. The crystal, clear, flowing rivers and streams along the journey scream out the presence of water on an island that has always boasted having 365 rivers. The sulphur springs and pools in Soufriere and Wotten Waven allow the hiker a chance to experience the healing wonders of nature as one basks in the rejuvenating water. Mountaintop views of the sky, ocean and scenic valleys as well as villages and hamlets warmly nestled in the valleys make the Waitukubuli National Trail a must.
Visitors and locals alike are encouraged to take on the challenge that this trail presents. Not only does the trail test stamina and endurance, but it also serves as a health exercise. To truly enjoy the nature of this island is to know it to the core. Waitukubuli National Trail definitely runs through the core of this island. Hikers, historians, nature lovers, poets, artists and photographers: this is the opportunity to be inspired by nature. Get to know your true potential. Even more so, get to know Waitukubuli. Indeed, “Tall is her body”!