Explore Tobago’s Main Ridge Forest
While Trinidad is usually better known for its flora, fauna and eco tourism such as hiking trails, waterfalls and caves, Tobago possesses a royal gem that was recognized hundreds of years ago. Tobago’s Main Ridge is the oldest legally protected forest in the Western Hemisphere. On April 13th 1776, just after the island came under British rule, a Parliamentary act declared Main Ridge to be a forest reserve. Over 14 000 acres came under the protection of what is considered to be the world’s first Environmental Act making Tobago very unique indeed.
It is home to half of the island’s avian populations making it a favorite destination for local, regional and international bird watchers. Species found there include the Blue Crowned Motmot, the Rufous Tailed Jacamar of King Hummingbird and the island’s National bird, the Cocrico, also known as the Tobago Pheasant found on the Coat of Arms of Trinidad and Tobago. The Gilpin Trail is just one of the popular trails that facilitate treks into the rain forest where one can see wildlife and enjoy the Gold and Silver Falls at the culmination of their trip.
For tourists and locals, roaming in the Main Ridge Forest Reserve or in any other part of Tobago’s natural environment is exhilarating to say the least. Whether it is on a bird watching expedition or a hike to one of the many invigorating waterfalls that splash along the verdant greenery of the valleys, the lushness and luxuriance of the natural environment is always rewarding.
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