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Less than 1 hour Time to Spend

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According to recent visitors, the 15-minute long Emerald Pool Nature Trail in Morne Trois Pitons National Park is perfect for amateur hikers. The trail consists of a slightly rocky downhill trek to a clearing, waterfall and an extraordinarily chilly swimming area. Emerald Pool's easy access increases its popularity (the path is also somewhat narrow), so recent visitors suggest scheduling an early morning visit.

Visiting Emerald Pool costs around EC$14 (or approximately $5) per person. Travelers can also purchase a week pass to gain access to all of Dominica's national park sites for around EC$33 (about $12) per person. The trailhead is around 14 miles northwest of Roseau. The best way to access the trailhead is to hire a taxi, but the trail is short enough that hiring a guide is unnecessary, according to past visitors.

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Located on the west side of Morne Trois Pitons National Park (around 6 miles from Roseau), the jaw-dropping Trafalgar Falls are two of the most-visited sights on the island. In addition to being incredibly impressive, they're also easily accessible for the most amateur hikers and adventure seekers. The upper waterfall (colloquially referred to as "Father") cascades dramatically from the Trois Pitons River, across the Titou Gorge and empties into hot sulfur springs, while the lower waterfall ("Mother") flows gently from the river into a natural swimming pool.

The park has standard facilities, including bathrooms and a parking lot. Sometimes, young locals loiter around the park entrance or at the base of the falls, offering to assist you on your tour of the area. Keep in mind that taking them up on their offer will cost you more than the meager entrance fee to the park, and in the case of the Trafalgar Falls, is probably not necessary. The trek to the waterfalls is only a short walk. If you do decide to purchase a guided tour, be sure to remember to negotiate a fee for the tour before agreeing to one.

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