Hiking The Forestierre Trail

The 5th most popular hiking trail in St Lucia.

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Southeast of Castries and south of Babonneau near Piton Flore, the 5km Forestierre Trail follows the Old French Road that traverses through mature pristine rainforest. The trail begins as a gentle downward slope through dense foliage and meanders among lencens trees. Plus, there are large figtrees and ferns.

The trailhead is located about 30 minutes from Castries. There is a public minibus (5E) that runs from Castries.

A permit is requried to hike on forest reserve trails. A professional guide may also be required, and is strongly recommended in any case. Both are easy to obtain for a small fee from the Forest & Lands Department at (758) 450-2231 or 450-2078, or by contacting the National Trust at (758) 450-5005. It is a punishable offense under the Forest Soil And Conservation Ordinance Act to attempt to access the forest reserve trails without a permit and, when required, a guide.

Note, if you plan to use a GPS device on St Lucia, the MAP DATUM is DOS 3 Lighthouse 1955 St Lucia.

Overall, Forestierre Trail is the 5th most popular hiking trail of all 6 hikes in St Lucia.


Local Contact(s):  Forest & Lands Dept. (758) 450-2231 or (758) 450-2078; St. Lucia Tourism (800) 456-3984; Jungle Tours, Castries (758) 450-0434

Recommended Book:  "Rough Guide To St. Lucia" from Karl Luntta

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Hummingbird Beach Resort, Soufriere; Anse La Liberte (S. of Anse La Raye), (758) 459-4540; Ti Kaye Village Resort

Luxury Loding:  Anse Chastanet Resort (758) 459-7000; East Winds Inn

Date Published:  1/5/2016

Date Updated:  8/3/2016

ID:  15234


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