Bosque Estatal De Río Abajo

This large park was once nearly bare of all trees, thanks to an aggressive logging industry on the island in the early 1900's. Thankfully, the park was established and a replanting movement went underway, and now this forest has reclaimed 5000 acres of land.

Visitors to the park will be treated to a large selection of nature trails that will take them down the very roads used by the loggers around a century ago. Hikers will have plenty of opportunities to see plenty of birds and other wildlife as the twist through the forest.

Location

Bosque Estatal De Río Abajo lies toward the center of the island of Puerto Rico, 9.1 miles south of Arecibo; it's 4.7 miles to the north of Utuado.

You will have to take a car if you want to reach this natural park. Just beware that the roads here are rough, any small cars may not be able to handle the transitions.

Nearby Restaurants

There are plenty of dining options to select from in the region around the nature preserve. The most proximate place to eat to Bosque Estatal De Río Abajo is Rancho Marina Restaurant, which offers Creole fare. The restaurant is maybe about three and a half miles away from Bosque Estatal De Río Abajo, so stop in and enjoy a meal. El Fogan De Abuela Restaurant and Acuarium Sea Food Restaurant are some of the other food and drink options near Bosque Estatal De Río Abajo where you could try something different in Puerto Rico.

Nearby Attractions

Those who enjoy wildlife reservations, and would like to see others, might check out Parque Las Cavernals Rio Camuy and Bosque Estatal De Cambalache; the first is 8.1 miles to the west of this nature preserve. You'll find a couple other activities nearby, including Arecibo Observatory, which is two miles away near Utuado. You might also want to consider checking out Taino Indian Ceremonial Center, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

If a visit to the Bosque Estatal De Río Abajo isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

Attractions Near Bosque Estatal De Río Abajo
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Arecibo Observatory -- 2.2 mi. (9.6 km) W 6.0 mi. Northwest of Utuado
Taino Indian Ceremonial Center Historic Site 4.2 mi. (8.2 km) SW 5.1 mi. West-Northwest of Utuado
Chorro de Oro Waterfall GeoFeature 4.8 mi. (7.0 km) N 4.4 mi. South of Arecibo
Complejo Recreativo Angel Lile Medina -- 5.0 mi. (0.5 km) S Utuado

More Information

Hours

The ranger offices at the park are open between 9:00am and 5:00pm.

Location: Puerto Rico

Phone

(787) 880-6557

 

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