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 enjoy being seeing the local flaura and fauna? You can experience a variety of different hiking trails and some nature preserves near Road Town.

Mount Healthy National Park is a popular nature preserve situated 2.3 mi. Northwest of central Road Town. Mount Healthy National Park protects part of an old plantation that once stood in the area. The central feature is the old windmill that was used to crush sugar cane which would then be sent to Britain, a major aspect of Colonial economy.

Travelers looking to locate a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing choices like Sage Mountain National Park. The flagship reserve in the British Virgin Islands, Sage Mountain National Park marked the start of conservation as an official policy in the islands. Just as the park was a good start for the government's conservation program, it is sure to be a good start for eco-tourist and nature lovers in the British 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.

Look through the following table if you want more information.

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

Even though most visitors to the area are attracted by the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Road Town some great choices, including a waterfall and a cave.

You may enjoy visiting Treasure Point Caves, which is found within Norman Island, 7.3 mi. South of central Road Town. Legend tells that a Creque family fisherman once found a chest of gold doubloons in a cave off Norman Island as he sought shelter from a storm. Though all the treasure appears to be gone, now Treasure Point Caves are a popular spot for snorkeling.

Another attraction Petroglyph Pool Waterfall. It is found 10.4 mi. South West of central Road Town. The only way to reach the waterfall is to hike down a couple of trails. Due to unforeseen closures and weather conditions, it is highly recommended that you stop by the Visitor's Center and pick up a current map and talk to a Park Ranger about any urgent information.

The table directly below offers 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

Travelers can enjoy one of the many parks, or a botanical garden in Road Town.

If you enjoy tropical vegetation, consider visiting J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens, which is found 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 available are listed here:

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 area land formations. Other options like these in Road Town are displayed in the following chart.

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

Of course, there are plenty of other attraction types available too. To see our complete page about other attractions, see this page.

 

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