Hike to Wallings Nature Reserve Loop

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Wallings Nature Reserve is a non-profit organization that maintains and manages at least 1680 acres or 680 of rainforest in the Sherkley Mountain Protected Area. The area consists of 4 trails leading to different destinations and beaches on the south of the island.

About Wallings Nature Reserve

The main trail through Wallings Nature Reserve leads to the most peaceful and monumental area of the reserve: The Wallings Dam.

From the very start of the trail, you can feel the peaceful atmosphere reaching out to you. Tall, majestic trees tower overhead, providing optimum shade all throughout the trails. One of the main trees that can be admired include statuesque Goertner Silk Cotton Trees which grow up to 25 meters tall and produce silk cotton. Other plants include Bamboo and Sugar Apple trees.

About 5 minutes into this hike, you should reach the reservoir through which water from the dam flows. Known as “Antigua’s only waterfall” the structure resembles giant stairs and is quite the attraction when the dam is full. You can walk across the reservoir, following the green railings until the dam comes into sight.

History

The dam was initially constructed in the 1800s to hold up to 13 million gallons of water, supplying up to 15 villages on the island.  On the top left of hill overlooking the dam is an old structure which was used to control the flow of the water to the reservoir.

Wallings Nature Reserve – History ( Photos by Wallings nature Reserve )

The Loop Trail leads around the Wallings Dam, offering several viewpoints and more lush vegetation to explore, but if you prefer to rest here, you can do it on a comfortable picnic bench under the large shady trees. This area of the reserve is the perfect spot for unwinding and just enjoying the quiet serenity of the rainforest.

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