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Mastic Trail, North Side

#17 of 33 in Parks in Grand Cayman
Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
Walk in the footsteps of natives some 200 years ago as you explore the restored Mastic Trail. Containing one of the largest examples of native Caribbean dry forest, as well as subtropical mangrove swamps, this 3.7 km (2.3 mi) hike meanders across a patchwork of terrains, up to the low-lying island’s highest point. Hike through black and yellow mastic trees and watch for many species of indigenous birds, which are often hidden among the wild orchids and flowering vines. A 170 m (557 ft) hand-built rock causeway flanks the southern side of the walk through a black mangrove forest. The trail has mixed terrain so wear appropriate footwear and carry water with you; allow three to four hours. Guides are available from the National Trust. Using our online itinerary creator, North Side attractions like Mastic Trail can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The four of us 70-somethings very much enjoyed hiking this somewhat challenging trail, led by Stuart Mailer, host extraordinaire of the last bit of old-growth forest on the island. Stuart has the...  more »
  • It was great to sandwich this land-based natural experience between all of the ocean-based experiences we had while on Grand Cayman. And the value that an experienced (and perceptibly passionate...  more »
  • Incredible breathtaking flora and fauna. Thank you Stuart our guide
  • Unique hike, one of the last original forests in the Caribbean. Plenty of sharp coral to watch out for but otherwise not too difficult.

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