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:
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;
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;
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.
Trail Passes are available at the Waitukubuli Trail Headquarters in Pond Casse and at Forestry and Wildlife Division (Valley Road, Roseau). Passes may also be purchased at various vendors throughout the island, near the trail segments.
Visit the Waitukubuli National Trail official website at WaitukubuliTrail.com for more information and the latest WNT news.
Due to Tropical Storm Erika in August 2015, some Segments of the WNT are impassable, for example Segment 1 (updated March 2016) so get the latest information before hiking.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. or email@example.com.
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.