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.


Located on the northern part of Saint George Gingerland Parish, The Source Trail happily welcomes local customers and vacationers who are rooming in this part of Nevis. Regardless of whether or not you are staying very close, you should consider dropping by to check it out. It's 3.2 miles 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

And, one of the most enjoyable possibilities while spending some time exploring the area is enjoying a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of the hiking trail. The closest restaurant to The Source Trail is Golden Rock Plantation, which has a menu full of Caribbean food. It is only around a half mile away from the hiking trail, so check it out and dig in! The Rocks and Old Manor Plantation offer additional restaurant choices nearby where you could try something different on St. Kitts.

Nearby Attractions

Active travelers that like hiking trails, and have the energy to view some others, should consider going to 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 The Source Trail. You'll find other attractions nearby, including Southern Boiling House, which is a quarter mile away Saint George Gingerland Parish. You might also want to consider checking out Boiling House Ruins, which is another attraction close by.

Hiking trails are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's more to visit on St. Kitts. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

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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