Copper Mine National Park was originally used by the Spanish in the 16th century, though evidence exists that suggest the indigenous people of Virgin Gorda may have built mines even earlier. Mining was done at this spot on and off until 1867, and the ruins that exist today were built in 1838. The mines were rarely profitable and left to the elements, which has taken its toll on the structures here. Tourists enjoy touring these haunting ruins as well as the view of the ocean that is truly something to behold.
Copper Mine National Park is located on the southwest coast of Virgin Gorda, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
A sign detailing the sites history marks the beginning of Copper Mine National Park. Comrpised of stone ruins of a shimney, mine shaft house, and cistern, there are several trails that snake through the ruins, and a few grassy spots on the hill that are perfect for picnicking. This spot is renowned as having the oldest surviving Cornish Beam Engine in the world, dating back to 1836.
Located in , welcomes guests rooming in this part of the Virgin Islands. But even if you aren't staying in the vicinity, you are free to stop by to check it out.
Set at the southwest tip of the island, it takes a drive up a long, winding road to reach the Copper Mine. A paved parking lot is available.
Copper Mine National Park lies on the southwestern part of the island of Virgin Gorda, 5.2 miles south west of Leverick Bay; it's a mile (a kilometer and a half) to the south-southeast of Spanish Town.
Of course, one of the most exciting options while spending a few hours exploring the area could be enjoying fare at a restaurant within traveling distance of the nature preserve. The most nearby restaurant to Copper Mine National Park is Mine Shaft Cafe, which serves eclectic fare. and Coconut Junction are additional dining possibilities in close to this natural attraction. At Coconut Junction you and your companions can test out Caribbean dishes and enjoy the culture of the Virgin Islands.
Travelers who like nature preserves, and would like to see others, should check out Spring Bay National Park and Virgin Gorda Peak National Park; the first is 1.0 miles to the west of this wildlife reservation. Additional nearby activities include Little Fort National Park, which is within traveling distance in Spanish Town. Furthermore, you can consider heading over to Little Fort Ruins, which is another attraction nearby.
A wildlife reservation is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following list contains attractions that are nearby.
|Little Fort National Park||--||--||--||Spanish Town||Virgin Gorda|
|Little Fort Ruins||Historic Site||--||--||Spanish Town||Virgin Gorda|
|Historic Site||1.1 mi. (0.3 km)||N||Spanish Town||Virgin Gorda|
|Devil's Bay National Park||--||1.2 mi. (2.7 km)||WSW||1.7 mi. South-Southwest of Spanish Town||Virgin Gorda|
|VI Maritime Museum||Museum||9.9 mi. (4.0 km)||W||2.5 mi. East of Road Town||Tortola|
|Josiah's Bay Plantation||Historic Site||10.6 mi. (3.8 km)||W||2.4 mi. Northeast of Road Town||Tortola|
|St. Phillip's Church||Historic Site||--||--||Kingstown||Tortola|
Copper Mines National Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Admission onto the grounds of the Copper Mines is free to all.
Southeast Tip, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
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