The Source Trail

The main source for fresh water on the island, The Source can be seen by taking a hike up a trail through the forst that is very well maintained by the Water Department. The great thing about this hike is that there are two parts to it, so those who can't handle a more strenuous hike can complete the first part and still enjoy the scenery before turning back while those who can handle a harder hike can continue on.

The hike takes you through the rainforest which features a variety of vegetation you wouldn't be able to find at lower elevations like heliconia. Along the way you'll be able to stop and take a look at the view of the north coast and out to Newcastle, then decide if you'd like to continue on to the harder part of the trail or turn around and call it a day. If you go on through the thick rainforest, you'll have the opportunity to climb a 120 foot vertical iron ladder on the cliff, where you'll find The Source at the top.

The hike is five miles round-trip and could take up to four hours. The trail does have some muddy spots, some slippery spots, and some steep places that you'll have to climb or get a boost from someone you're hiking with.


The Source Trail is situated in the northern part of Saint George Gingerland Parish, on Nevis; it is three miles (five kilometers) to the east-northeast of Charlestown.

To find the meeting place for the hike, drive just a short ways past the Gingerland Police Station to a gravel covered pull-off on the Island Main Road. The group will head to Rawlins from there.

Nearby Restaurants

If you find your belly rumbling before or after hiking this trail, don't worry -- you'll discover a broad selection of food and beverage places in the vicinity. Golden Rock Plantation, which offers Caribbean fare, is very close-by, making it a great option for hiking trail visitors. The eatery is a short distance away, but far-removed enough that you will probably decide to make plans for taking advantage of some means of transport to travel there. The Rocks and Old Manor Plantation are some of the other dining options close-by where you could give your taste buds a treat and enjoy the St. Kitts scene.

Nearby Attractions

Those who like hiking trails, and would like to see others, should consider seeing Boiling House Ruins Trail and Lime Kiln to the Hickman Site Trail; the first and closest of which is 0.4 miles to the south-southwest of this page's attraction. Additional nearby activities include Southern Boiling House, which is a quarter mile away Saint George Gingerland Parish. You might also want to think about visiting Boiling House Ruins, which is another attraction not far away.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, take a look at what is closest in the following table.

Attractions Near The Source Trail
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Southern Boiling House Historic Site 0.4 mi. (4.8 km) SSW 3.0 mi. East of Charlestown
Boiling House Ruins Historic Site 0.5 mi. (5.6 km) N 3.5 mi. East-Northeast of Charlestown
Nevis Peak -- 0.9 mi. (3.9 km) W 2.4 mi. Northeast of Charlestown
Hermitage Estate Other Attraction 1.2 mi. (4.4 km) S Stonyhill
Jumby Estate Historic Site 1.7 mi. (7.8 km) E 4.8 mi. East of Charlestown
Nevisian Heritage Village Museum -- -- 4.3 mi. East of Charlestown
New River Estate Historic Site 2.0 mi. (7.5 km) SE 4.7 mi. East of Charlestown
The Flats -- 2.1 mi. (3.0 km) SW Pond Hill

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This hike should not be done in wet conditions, which means you'll need to wait at least two days after each rain before giving it a try.

Location: Saint George Gingerland Parish, Nevis


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