Hiking The Forestierre Trail
The 5th most popular hiking trail in St Lucia.
Wednesday 3 August 2016 04:13 GMT
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.