Vermont Nature Trail

Vermont Nature Trail, St. Vincent: Address, Phone Number, Vermont Nature Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Vermont Nature Trail
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Nature & Wildlife Areas • Hiking Trails • Forests
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The Vermont Nature Trail takes you through lush rainforest with an amazing variety of tropical flora,beautiful scenery and a chance to see the famous St. Vincent Parrot in its natural habitat. Majestic cliffs reach for the sky, giving way to sweeping valleys. Ambient temperatures and abundant rainfall give rise to profusion in the growth of vegetation. The trail is in the picturesque Buccament valley within the St. Vincent Parrot Reserve and the more encompassing proposed Central Forest Reserve.
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Trudy S
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A Dangerous Speed Climb on Vermont Nature Trail
Mar 2020
We went on an excursion March 2 to the Vermont Nature Trail. There were 2 buses- 45 people in all with only 2 guides. That was entirely too many people for a safe and informative hike. The guide in front climbed very quickly and only about 15 people were able to keep up with him. Some people in front of us fell behind and we could not pass because the trail is narrow muddy and steep. We were so far behind we could only hear them in the distance, not see them. After a while some people started coming back saying we were only half way up to Parrot platform and that he told them we were going to be going back the same way we came up, so they were going back. At least 20 people behind our group had already dropped out and went back. We were told by one person who passed us at one point that the other guide who took the others back said it was a circle and the way down was not as steep. So, those of us in the middle continued on. We finally go to the top and there were less than 20 of us in all that had gotten that far. We said we wanted to continue on the less steep path, but the guide said we didn’t have time and we had to go back the steep path. This was very dangerous. I really didn’t get to enjoy seeing the beautiful rainforest because we had to watch every single muddy step in order not to slip down the mountain. This is not a trail for speed walking! I’m sure it would have been a lovely experience if we would have had the time to look around and enjoy it. This is why I cannot give a good rating for this excursion.
Written 11 March 2020
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Edit K
Budapest, Hungary117 contributions
beautiful nature. easy to go alone dont pay for organized tour
Jan 2020
beautiful nature. easy to go alone dont pay for organized tour. you spend only few bucks per head.
you can take a minivan to Vermont village from Kingstown, and walk from there. just ask the people on the street, they tell you where to search for the "bus terminal"
its a half day activity. bring water and some snacks with you.
it is a loop trail so it does not matter which direction you start. can be slippery after rain so hiking shoes or sandals recommended. otherwise is an easy walk not to demanding if you are in good physical condition. 3 hours to count approx.
luckily we did not met many ppl on the way, somehow we managed to avoid the cruise crowed. I loved it. also to sit down in the shade and just listen. we could not see the famous parrots but still it was a great experience.
Written 12 February 2020
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Blaine D
Groveland, FL71 contributions
Nice but strenuous
Dec 2019
This was a shore excursion booked on the ship so I have no idea how to get there. But once we got there it was beautiful. The hike is mostly rough terrain in a rain forest. There is about a 400 elevation change. Not for those that have trouble walking up rough terrain. Bug repellent is a must.
Written 16 January 2020
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Jongleurgirl
England, UK652 contributions
Peaceful hike amongst the trees along a forest trail
Nov 2019
We walked from the cruise terminal to the bus terminal (walk along the waterfront road to the second bus terminal) and asked for the van going to Vermont Village. It costs 1US dollar each. At the village the driver said he would take us to the head of the trail for another 8 dollars, which we agreed to as we wanted to save time (being on a cruise ship). It is not necessary to do this, you can walk up from the village - we walked back down to the bus stop and it is a very pleasant walk just above the riverbed.

An entrance fee of 2US dollars is charged. Take plenty of water and insect repellant.
Written 21 November 2019
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MightyMo
Kingston, Saint Andrew, Jamaica147 contributions
Just Right
Apr 2019
A bit to get there on your own, but worth it if you have a car. The walk starts off gentle then there are a few steep bits. But there is a point when you stop noticing how long you have been walking or the hills and valleys, it was just ever so peaceful. Did not see any parrots, heard a lot of bird noises and a few birds flew across our path. It took us 90 minutes. I am 63 and my niece 31. She said my pace did not slow her. But do it. Remember that 5 miles from Kingstown to turn off and then another 3 or 4 is not the same as Vincy miles when you have windy and narrow roads so allow the time for getting there and back.
Written 10 May 2019
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richard s
Locks Heath, UK143 contributions
Lovely hike, with plenty of steps, the local guides really add value.
Dec 2018 • Couples
We took this trip through our cruise ship's excursion. It's a lovely hike with an expert guide, plenty of steps and wet and slippery in places. We stayed dry but it is a rainforest and a soaking can never be ruled out. The hope is to see the endangered St Vincent parrot, of which only about 750/800 exist, all on this island. We saw a couple flying overhead from the lookout at the summit of the trail, better sighting opportunities are apparently had early or late in the day. Bottled water was supplied before the start and rum or fruit punch at the end.
Written 6 January 2019
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Mike100299
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
Beautiful, easy rainforest hike
Dec 2018 • Couples
We took minivan from Kingstown, the bus station closer to western end of town. Take van that goes to Vermont Village and ask driver if he can take you up to the Nature Reserve. We paid 10EC each to get there. Then 5EC each to walk in reserve. Track is well maintained and easy to walk, we are over 60. The walk takes an easy 2hours. We heard the parrots flying above the canopy. If you go to the Botanical Gardens you can see the parrots in their breeding cages. It is a nice walk down to village to catch van back. We took picnic and drinks.
Written 2 January 2019
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TheLabrums
Kettering, UK101 contributions
Rainforest Reactions
Nov 2018 • Couples
We had an early morning start, met with Oswald, our guide, and headed off to the Vermont Nature Trail. The trail is often steep, can be slippy and you need to pay attention all the way. BUT it is definitely worth it!

Oswald was an absolute mine of information about Saint Vincent, wildlife, flora and fauna. I had read many reviews saying not to bother with a guide, but 100% get one - there is no way we would have learned so much about the rainforest and surroundings without Oswald.
We were so so lucky in seeing a whole group of parrots, 12 in one group, and a few odd pairs flying around. Oswald spotted mountain crabs, blue and green snails, tree frogs.... we learned about the trees, and the creepers, cacao, various fruits etc the parrots eat, how to make medicines from various leaves. He was an absolute knowledge bank, stemming from his childhood growing up in Saint Vincent. We discussed many herbal remedies, using leaves and bark etc.
The rainforest was very wet on the day we went, after an hour, the rain really poured down. Nothing deterred us, we kept going.
We are so thrilled we did this trip, and would wholly recommend it. We booked Oswald through Wildlife Expeditions.
Written 6 November 2018
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Beny Wilson
Panama City, Panama73 contributions
SVC Natures Cathedral!
May 2018 • Solo
My aim was to find the Saint Vincent Parrots and the Whistling Warblers. I miss calculated the timing and got there at 11:00AM
Still got to see my birds and many others. The trails are challenging but doable.
Take a walking steak or trekking poles since the steps are very high. Take your time at the parrot lookout! It took me 40 minutes untill finally a flock of 8 flew over.
Dont rush in to the trails: go slowly and you will see more and more of this great forest!
Written 6 June 2018
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Thank you for your positive review and for visiting the Vermont Nature Trail. We are glad to hear that you saw the Saint Vincent Parrots and the Whistling Warblers. Please come again soon!!!
Written 17 July 2018
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buxtonred
Tasmania, Australia94 contributions
Excellent
Mar 2018 • Couples
Great trail, nice and easy to follow. It is through the forest, so there is some damp spots, but anyone who has done any waking before will find it on the easy level.
Cool spot to watch for the St vincent parrot, we saw 5.
We got the local van from Kingstown, $6 ec for us both.
It was $5ec each to enter, which you pay when you reach the entrance.
Written 6 March 2018
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Thank you for your positive review and for visiting. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit.We hope your next visit is just around the corner.
Written 12 April 2018
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