Hike, Walk, Trek in Dominica

The Waitukubuli National Trail

"Discover Nature for Heritage Development"

Hiking in Dominica

The Waitukubuli National Trail (WNT) is a first of it's kind - a long distance hiking trail in the Caribbean - and is located right here in Dominica, the Nature Island.

Fondly know as the WNT, the trail covers 115 miles, spanning and twisting the length of Dominica. From Scotts Head in the south to Capuchin in the north, the trail winds from one end of Dominica to the other. Along the way it will take you through coastal villages, up woodland hills, into lush rainforest, past waterfalls, down to rivers, back up to the mountains and then down again to the sea. Dominica's unique and varied terrain will reveal her age-old secrets to you as you enjoy her natural beauty and vibrant, fresh air.

You will also learn about Dominica's history as you trek across the National Trail. The WNT passes through traditional Carib villages, ruins of 18th Century French settlements, the renovated Fort Shirley at The Cabrits, secret 'Maron' passages where runaway slaves escaped and many more interesting historical and natural sites.

The WNT was opened in 2011 while work continued. The official Grand Opening Ceremony was held at the Pond Casse Reception Center on May 10th, 2013. Note that from May 10th, 2013 the Waitukubuli National Trail's management falls under Forestry Division and the entire trail has been designated an Eco-Tourist Site.

Effective July 1st 2013, all visitors and non-residents must obtain a trail pass (ticket) to access/hike the Waitukubuli National Trail.

The trail passes are categorized as follows:

  1. Day Pass: To hike one or more segment at a cost of US$12.00 (EC$32.04) and is valid for one day only;
  2. Special Pass: For pre-sold organised tours and promotional events specifically cruise passengers at a cost of US$10.00 (EC$26.70) and is valid for one (1) day only;
  3. Fifteen Day Pass: For any of the fourteen (14) segments at a cost of US$40.00 (EC$106.80) and is valid for fifteen (15) days only. .

Watch the video below to experience some of the trail!

WNT
Visit the Waitukubuli National Trail official website at trail.agriculture.gov.dm for more information and the latest WNT news.



Video from Discover Dominica Authority's YouTube Channel.

The project is funded by the European Union, and implemented by the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica in partnership with the Regional Council of Martinique. For more information, contact the Waitukubuli National Trail Project at wtnp@cwdom.dm.

The 14 Trail Segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail

  • Click on the Segment below for more information about the hike.
  • For Places to Stay on or near that section of the trail, click on the Accommodation link.

 

Segment Trail Distance Estimated Time Level
1 Scotts Head to Soufriere Estate
where to stay Accommodation
7 km 5.5 hrs Easy hike, Family hike
2 Soufriere Estate to Bellevue Chopin
where to stay Accommodation
10.8 km 6.5 hrs Moderate hike
3 Bellevue Chopin to Wotten Waven
where to stay Accommodation
14.9 km 7 hrs Moderate hike
4 Wotten Waven to Pond Casse
where to stayAccommodation
11.7 km 6 hrs Moderate hike, Nature lovers
5 Pond Casse to Castle Bruce
where to stayAccommodation
12.8 km 7 hrs Easy hike, Family hike
6 Castle Bruce to Hatton Garden
where to stayAccommodation
15 km 7 hrs Moderate hike
7 Hatton Garden to First Camp
where to stayAccommodation
12.6 km 6 hrs Moderate hike, Nature lovers
8 First Camp to Petite Macoucherie 10 km 6 hrs Strong hikers who are well trained
9 Petite Macoucherie to Colihaut Heights
where to stayAccommodation
9.8 km 7 hrs Hard hike, Nature lovers
10 Colihaut Heights to Syndicate 6.4 km 4 hrs Easy hike, Family hike
11 Syndicate to Borne
where to stayAccommodation
10 km 7 hrs Hard / long hike, Suited for nature lovers
12 Borne to Penville (Delaford) 9.5 km 7 hrs Difficult and long hike
13 Penville to Capuchin 8 km 3.5 hrs Moderate hike
14 Capuchin to Cabrits National Park
where to stayAccommodation
10.8 km 5 hrs Moderate hike


Map of the Waitukubuli National Trail

Mouse-over the map for Zoomed section view.

Map

 

Related Links

Hiking Dominica

Walking the island

The Chemin Letang walk

The Boiling Lake

Morne Trois Pitons World Heritage Site

Hidden Dominica

Maps of Dominica

Introduction to Dominica

Flora & Fauna of Dominica






Tips for hiking in Dominica's rainforest

Watch out for:

  • High rainfall can cause flash-flooding of even small streams
  • The dense rainforest can get dark quickly in the late afternoon
  • Hikes often cross rivers - watch out for slippery rocks!

What to take:

  • Waterproof rain gear (a poncho will also protect camera)
  • Camera (width extra film and batteries, and somewhere dry to carry them)
  • Insect repellent (but don't worry, we've no poisonous creatures!)

Wear comfortable clothing (it will be humid):

  • Shorts or light pants
  • Sneakers with good treads or (waterproof) hiking boots
  • A hat or baseball cap

 

For a full listing of Dominica's hikes, trails, mountain and waterfalls, go to Visit-Dominica.com!

 


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