Grand Etang National Park preserves the nutmeg groves and tropical rain forest of Grenada’s central highland. At the park’s heart is the crater lake that gives the park its name, Grand Etang Lake. A network of walking trails meanders through the park, around the lake, and toward the coast—it’s Grenada’s most popular area for hiking and trekking.
Hikers are greeted by local monkeys at Grand Etang National Park’s visitor center, which distributes trail maps for destinations such as the Seven Sisters Falls and 2,300-foot (701-meter) Mount Qua Qua. Hikers can choose 20-minute ambles, multihour treks, or anything in between. While walking, be on the lookout for mahogany trees, hummingbirds, frogs, lizards, mongoose, armadillos, tropical flowers, caribs, and hawks. Full- and half-day guided tours are available.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The trail to Seven Sisters is considered moderate to challenging.
- Wear sturdy hiking shoes with good grip for exploring the park.
- Guides may provide walking sticks and can help you navigate slippery rocks.
How to Get There
Grand Etang National Park is located in Grenada’s central highlands in the western part of the island, 4.5 miles (about 7 kilometers) northeast of St. George's. From St. George's bus terminal, take bus 6 to St. Margaret/Seven Sisters Falls trailhead, which is about a 25-minute ride. Guided tours typically include round-trip transportation from Grenada hotels.
When to Get There
If you plan to hike, you may want to aim to visit Grand Etang National Park during Grenada’s dry season (from January to mid-April), when the trails are not as muddy; the rainy season lasts from June to December. September and October are considered the worst months to visit, since that’s peak hurricane season.
Seven Sisters Falls
Not to be confused with the Seven Sisters Waterfall in Norway, Grenada’s Seven Sisters Falls has seven "steps" that collect into a large pool at the bottom, making it a popular swimming spot—remember to wear your bathing suit. Plus, the surrounding trees offer a good mix of shade and sun for relaxing.