With 21 square miles to work with, it is hard to imagine much of Bermuda that isn’t overdeveloped. In contrary, you will be pleasantly surprised to find many parks and nature reserves completely unspoilt and ready to be enjoyed. Below we have listed our Top 5 suggestions for adventuring ‘Off the Beaten Track’.
Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve
Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve is located at the South-Eastern end of Bermuda, in St. Davids. This 12 acres of unspoiled and beautiful nature reserve is now part of Bermuda’s national parks. Until 1995, the area was restricted and occupied by the US Military. On it’s east is the Cooper’s Island Road, and on it’s west is the beautiful Castle Harbor. Clearwater beach and Turtle beach are two beautiful public beaches located next to the reserve, but you cab find nature trails through a vast stretch of woodland area. Although much of the reserve is filled with introduced plantations like Brazil pepper, casuarinas and allspice, there are patches where you can find heavy concentration of Bermuda cedars, palmettos and olive woods.
Ferry Reach Park is located at the end of Ferry Road at the western Peninsula of St. George’s Parish and also known as Ferry Point Park. This 64 acres park area is the second largest in Bermuda and has wonderful walking trails, forest areas with endemic plantation, a nice lake, a bay with a lovely beach, and a few historic forts.
Spittal Pond, located in Smiths Parish Bermuda, is the largest and the most premium nature reserve and national park of the island. It spreads over some 64-acres of land area The Spittal Pond is also a large bird sanctuary and one of the best bird watching locations in Bermuda. Most of the bird-life can be seen from the trail itself. The Bermuda National Trust offers a guided tour of spiral pond on Tuesdays 1:30–3:00pm. Tour cost is $50 per person. Advance booking is required. Call (441)236-6483 for reservations.
Hog Bay Park
It’s difficult to imagine that in an island like Bermuda, there is still an unspoiled 32 acres of rural land area like Hog Bay Park. It reflects the way Bermuda used to be before the housing boom started in the island in 1960s. Hog Bay Park, which is one of the newer National Parks of Bermuda, is a stretch of rural land which is mostly undeveloped. You won’t see habitation, roads or hear any noise as you enter the park area. The park is located at the southern part of Sandy’s Parish. On the west of Hog Bay park is the coastline, on the east it is bounded by the Middle Road. There is a car park just off the middle road where there is an entrance to the park.There are many network of trails that go around the park. It is best to keep to the trails as there are poison Ivy (some poisonous trees) that are quite common in the park. Hog Bay Park is on Bus Route #7. There is an entrance and also a car park off the Middle road in Sandy’s parish. The park is open daily and admission is free.
The park located at the northern side of Harrington Sound covers an area of about 18 acres and separated into two parts. From the ground level when you look up, you will see a green patch of land. There is an unmarked trail that goes through subtropical forests, banana patches and rises all the way up to the cliff top. Although the trail is quite steep, the Harrington Sound water views along the way are magnificent. You can access the trail from Abbott’s Cliff Road and Abbott’s Crescent. There is a bus stop at the bottom of Abbott’s Cliff Road. You can take bus #1, 3, 10 or 11 that are coming from Hamilton City or St. George.