Copper Mine National Park

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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.

Location

Copper Mine National Park is found on the southwestern part of the island of Virgin Gorda, 5.2 miles south west of Leverick Bay; it is 1.1 miles to the south-southeast of Spanish Town.

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.

Nearby Restaurants

There are several picks of eateries to pick from in the region immediately near this wildlife reservation. The most convenient restaurant to Copper Mine National Park is Mine Shaft Cafe, which has a menu full of eclectic food. Also within reach, you'll encounter restaurants like Sugar Apple and Coconut Junction where you and your companions will want to try a bite of Caribbean dishes and enjoy the culture of the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Vacationers that enjoy nature preserves, and would like to see others, should consider Spring Bay National Park and Virgin Gorda Peak National Park; the first and closest of which is 1.0 miles away from this wildlife reservation. You'll find a couple other places of interest in the area, including Little Fort National Park, which is within traveling range in Spanish Town. Furthermore, you can consider making the trip to Little Fort Ruins, which is another attraction nearby.

A wildlife reservation is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are closest.

Attractions Near Copper Mine National Park
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location Island
Little Fort National Park -- -- -- Spanish Town Virgin Gorda
Little Fort Ruins Historic Site -- -- Spanish Town Virgin Gorda
Old Methodist Church 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

More Information

Hours

Copper Mines National Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Cost

Admission onto the grounds of the Copper Mines is free to all.

Location: Southeast Tip, Virgin Gorda

Phone

(284) 852-3650

Website

http://www.b-v-i.com/NationalParksTrust/

Email

bvinpt@bvinationalparkstrust.org

 

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