Near Portsmouth in the northwest, the trail along the Picard River leads from the Syndicate Visitor Center to the Portsmouth. The hiking trek takes about four hours one-way. This scenic rainforest is the home of the rare Imperial and Jaco parrots, which you are likely to hear and possibly see. From overlooking the Picard River ravine the trail descends to the river itself, which is crossed frequently as it tumbles down towards Portsmouth. The trail was used by the Maroons in the nineteenth century on their raids against the British troops at Fort Shirley. The trail leaves the rainforest and passes through plantations before ending at the main road at the entrance to Portsmouth.
Overall, Syndicate - Portsmouth is the 6th most popular hiking trail of all 7 hikes in Dominica.