The Best Nature Preserves in Bermuda

There are a number of nature preserves on the island, with each offering a distinct presentation of the endemic flora and fauna.

Bermuda Railway Trail — This walking and bridle path is divided into seven sections, with each requiring a few hours to explore.

Blue Grotto — This popular attraction features a large limestone pond with deep blue water within an area of Bermuda that harbours an extensive system of limestone caves.

Crystal & Fantasy Caves — For a more controlled descent into the darkness, you’ll want to visit these caves in Bailey’s Bay. Two children looking for a cricket ball stumbled upon the underground system in 1907. Enjoy a stunning guided tour across a floating walkway perched above underground lakes.

Gilbert Nature Reserve — In Sandys Parish, the reserve has five acres of walking trails and impressive specimens of Bermuda cedar trees.
Heydon Trust — This 43-acre property has well-manicured gardens surrounding one of the oldest churches on the island.

Paget Marsh — Close to Hamilton, you’ll find this 25-acre refuge, which reflects the island’s ecosystem as it was centuries ago. Stroll the elevated boardwalk through the various
habitats of the peat marsh.

Portuguese Rock — Formerly called “Spanish Rock,” this slab of limestone features the carved initials “RP” and the date “1543.” Long believed to have been inscribed by Spanish sailors, research has revealed that it was actually Portuguese mariners whose ship had crashed against the reefs.

Spittal Pond Nature Reserve — On the south coast of Smith’s Parish, this 64-acre wetland reserve offers great opportunities to catch a glimpse of a variety of resident, migratory and rare bird species. It is also the site of the oldest evidence of human activity in Bermuda.

Vesey Nature Reserve — Located off Middle Road in Southampton, the eight-acre site is home to two quarries, a natural limestone sinkhole and a variety of natural habitats.

Warwick Pond — This nine-acre preserve has the second-largest freshwater pond in Bermuda.

Walsingham Nature Reserve (known as Tom Moore’s Jungle) — Its nearly 12 acres of privately owned land in Hamilton Parish are open to the public, and it offers some of the most fascinating hikes in Bermuda. Its popular name refers to Irish poet Thomas Moore, who lived in nearby
St. George’s in 1803 and often wrote under a calabash tree on this property.

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