Hiking The Mastic Trail
The MOST popular hiking trail in Grand Cayman.
Saturday 27 January 2018 07:01 GMT
On the east side of Grand Cayman, the Mastic Trail is the sole hiking trail on the island. The 2.3 mile one-way Mastic Trail passes through untouched, old growth dry forest. Unlike other subtropical forests in the Caribbean, this section of forest has avoided logging and has been protected. It is home to large populaitions of rare trees, diverse native plants and unique animals. The trail passes through 834 acres of the protected Mastic Reserve, and sections of the trail do pass through mangrove swamp. The trail is named after the endangered Mastic Tree Along this remote path, you’ll most likely encounter snakes, the Cayman Parrot and plenty of mosquitos. The origin of the trail was as a major north-south route across this part of the island, starting 200 years ago, before Frank Sound Road was completed.
The Mastic Trail is located east of Georgetown (15 miles) and Bodden Town. Off this north-south trail, there are two trailheads. The southern trailhead is located near Breakers off Frank Sound Road (turn left just past the Frank Sound Fire Station). The northern trailhead is located near Old Man Bay off North Side Road towards the end of Further Road. The recommended hiking route for one-way travel is from the north to the south since the northern section is the most scenic.
TIP - The National Trust For The Cayman Islands offers regular guided tours of the Mastic Trail. These guided tours take between 2-3 hours.