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- Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Visible from many points along the British Virgin Islands archipelago, Sage Mountain stands at 1,716 feet overlooking Tortola. According to most, BVI's first national park isn't exactly a must-do, but if you're yearning for something different after traipsing through The Baths, sunbathing on Smuggler's Cove or snorkeling on Anegada, then it is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Much of the park is under the cover of rainforest – full of mahogany trees, elephant ear vines and tropical birds – but there are also some magnificent views of the other Virgin Islands, both British and U.S., from lookout points along the way.
Hikers said venturing through the park was a nice way to break up their beach-centric vacation, adding that the flora and fauna were spectacular. Travelers suggest budgeting at least two hours to complete one of the trails and say hikers should wear sturdy sneakers or boots they aren't afraid of getting dirty. Visitors also say that there aren't any park rangers, though the banana smoothies at the small gift shop/restaurant are delicious.
Situated in western Tortola, about a 20-minute drive southwest of Road Town, Sage Mountain National Park is open from dawn to dusk. You can get there via car, shuttle or taxi. There are 12 looped hiking trails that wind through the park and hikers can access its grounds for a minimal fee.
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