Sage Mountain National Park (Tortola)

#9 in Best Things To Do in British Virgin Islands
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Price & Hours

Minimal fee
Dawn-dusk daily

Details

Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.4scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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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#1 The Baths (Virgin Gorda)

Wading through the colorful coves and granite boulders of The Baths in Virgin Gorda is undeniably the most notable experience you can have in the British Virgin Islands. Travelers and experts alike agree: It's the must-see attraction of the BVI archipelago. Massive smooth ash gray boulders of varying sizes rise from the sea's crystalline waters, making a maze of sorts for travelers to wade or swim through. Climbing through the crevices and grottoes of The Baths isn't terribly intensive, but the granite boulders can be slippery so swim shoes or sneakers are encouraged. Once you reach Devil's Bay, the stunning beach clearing at the end of the rocks, you'll find shallow clear waters perfect for a little light snorkeling or restful sunbathing. 

Visitors are consistent in their praise of The Baths, calling the natural wonder "beautiful" and the beach "pristine."  Although photo opportunities are rife at The Baths, some travelers recommend saving space on your camera for a few shots of The Baths' Cathedral Room – a natural pool within a small cave. 

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