Tobago Forest Reserve

Photo Credit: © Adam Greig CC BY

This nature reserve has a special place in the history of conservation. The Tobago Forest Reserve was the first nature reserve in the Western Hemisphere, established in 1763.

Anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Trinidad is sure to enjoy the peace and nature that can be found over on Tobago. With trails that will take you through dense forest, up hills, to the coast, and over streams, a hike in the reserve is an eclectic experience.


Located on the northeastern part of the island of Tobago, in the vicinity of Belle Garden, Tobago Forest Reserve happily welcomes local residents and tourists who are lodging on this part of the island. Even if you are not staying in this location, you are free to stop by to check out the sights. From this location, Scarborough is eight and a half miles (14 kilometers) to the south west.

Nearby Restaurants

There are a multitude of dining options to select from in the region immediately near Tobago Forest Reserve. The most nearby place to eat to Tobago Forest Reserve is Cuffie River Nature Retreat Restaurant, which serves Caribbean meals. Cuffie River Nature Retreat Restaurant is only around four and a half miles away from this wildlife reservation, so check it out and try something off the menu. Also within reach, you and your party will find eateries such as King’s Bay Café and Sharon & Phebs where you and your companions will be able to eat some Trinidadian fare and experience the Trinidad and Tobago culture.

Nearby Attractions

You'll find at least one or two other places of interest in the area, including Twin Rivers Waterfall Hiking Trail, which is within traveling range on Tobago. You might also think about visiting Twin Rivers Waterfall, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of things to do. Attractions close-by can be found in the following table.

Attractions Near Tobago Forest Reserve
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Twin Rivers Waterfall Hiking Trail GeoFeature -- -- 6.7 mi. Northeast of Scarborough
Twin Rivers Waterfall GeoFeature 2.1 mi. (11.2 km) SSW 7.0 mi. East-Northeast of Scarborough
Rainbow Waterfall GeoFeature 3.0 mi. (11.3 km) S 7.0 mi. East-Northeast of Scarborough
Argyle Waterfall GeoFeature 3.2 mi. (17.6 km) E 10.9 mi. East-Northeast of Scarborough
Green Hill Waterfall Hiking Trail GeoFeature -- -- 4.6 mi. East-Northeast of Scarborough
Green Hill Waterfall GeoFeature 4.5 mi. (7.4 km) SW 4.6 mi. East-Northeast of Scarborough
Craig Hall Waterfall GeoFeature 6.2 mi. (4.0 km) SW Mason Hall
Highland Waterfall GeoFeature 6.2 mi. (5.1 km) WSW 3.2 mi. North-Northeast of Scarborough

More Information


The forest is open to hikers anytime when the sun is up.

Location: Roxborough Parlatuvier Road, Tobago


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