Natural Attractions in Road Town

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As one of the busier towns in the British Virgin Islands, Road Town is a better destination for those interested in history and culture.  It may be hard to see at first glance, but natural attractions abound her as well, through a series of parks that speckle the landscape.  If you're willing to drive just outside of Road Town, you'll have better luck finding hiking trails, nature reserves, and unique land formations. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Mount Healthy National Park

Do you want to enjoy part of your vacation under the open sky? You can explore quite a few hiking trails and some nature preserves near Road Town.

Mount Healthy National Park is a nature preserve found 2.3 mi. Northwest of central Road Town. Guests to the park will be able to explore the sugar mill, and the area directly around it. While it is not as natural or as forested as some of the British Virgin Islands' other National Parks, it is still a nice escape from the urban areas of the island.

Adventurers looking to find a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring opportunities like Sage Mountain National Park. Improved consistently since its conception in 1964, Sage Mountain National Park now offers twelve trails winding through the area, regularly maintained forest sections, and as the centerpiece, Sage Mountain, the highest point in both the British and US Virgin Islands.

Dead Chest National Park: Many people know of Dead Chest Island and don't even realize it, but it is true. It has been made famous by the "pirate" song that goes something like this: "15 men on Dead Man's Chest, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum." Of course, that is just hearsay, but many believe that the island of Dead Chest Island got its name after famed pirate Blackbeard left 15 men ashore the island with only a bottle of rum after a mutiny.

Take a look at this table for a list of nature preserves and hiking spots.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Road Town
Name Type Location Island
Cam Bay National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 6.8 mi. Northeast of Central Road Town Great Camanoe
Dead Chest National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Dead Chest Island, 5.2 mi. Southeast of Central Road Town Dead Chest Island
East End Hiking Trails Hiking Trail None, 6.6 mi. South West of Central Road Town None
Mount Healthy National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.3 mi. Northwest of Central Road Town Tortola
Rhone Marine Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.9 mi. Southeast of Central Road Town None
Sage Mountain National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central Road Town Tortola

Waterfalls and Caves

Treasure Point Caves

Although most visitors have heard about the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Areas near Road Town some interesting choices, including a waterfall and a cave.

You might enjoy a visit to Treasure Point Caves, which is found on Norman Island, 7.3 mi. South of central Road Town. Treasure Point Caves are known as a popular snorkeling spot because they are easy for novice snorkelers to manage and offer a beautiful underwater view.

Another option to consider is Petroglyph Pool Waterfall. It is located 10.4 mi. South West of central Road Town. Although the waterfall is attractions enough, it is historic petroglyphs here that really draw tourists to this spot. At the base along the walls and just above the waterline, you will find carvings made by the Taino Natives etched into the rock wall.

The following chart has more information about waterfalls and caves.

Waterfalls and Caves Near Road Town
Name Type Location Island
Petroglyph Pool Waterfall Waterfall 10.4 mi. South West of Central Road Town St. John
Treasure Point Caves Cave 7.3 mi. South of Central Road Town Norman Island

Parks and Botanical Gardens

J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens

Vacationers can spend some time in one of the many parks, as well as a botanical garden in Road Town.

To surround yourself with beautiful tropical vegetation, consider visiting J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens, which is located in Road Town. Guests who tour the J.R. O'Neal Botanical Gardens get a chance to view a few different natural environments that exist throughout the islands.

The parks and gardens you'll be able to find are provided in the following table.

Parks and Gardens In Road Town
Name Type Location
Festival Grounds Park 0.2 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Road Town
J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens Botanical Garden 0.5 mi. Northwest of Downtown Road Town
Noel Lloyd (P.A.M.) Park Park Downtown Road Town
Old Recreation Ground Park 0.4 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Road Town
Parkfields Recreation Grounds Park 0.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Road Town

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Road Town are listed directly below.

Land Formations In Road Town
Name Type Location
Boughers Bay Bay 0.7 mi. East of Downtown Road Town
Fish Bay Bay 1.2 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Road Town
Road Harbour Harbour 0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Road Town
Sea Cow Bay Bay 1.6 mi. South West of Downtown Road Town

Luckily, you can find a nice selection of types of attractions. For a more detailed look at other attractions, see this page.


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