A National Park made up of a series of small sea pools lying beneath a canopy of giant granite boulders. These sheltered light-filled grottoes create a unique setting to swim and explore. Snorkeling along the outside perimeter of both The Baths and Devil’s Bay reveals an area rich in colorful fish and coral.
Devil's Bay National Park
A 15-minute hike from the top of The Baths brings you to the picturesque Devil’s Bay, at Virgin Gorda’s southwestern tip. Its beaches are a tranquil location for swimming and snorkeling. Mooring buoys and a dinghy dock allow boaters to access the beach.
Gorda Peak is a 265-acre national park starting at the 1,000 foot contour and continuing up to the island’s highest point of 1,370 feet. The area, which contains a wide variety of indigenous and exotic plants, has been extensively reforested with mahogany trees. An observation tower at the top offers spectacular views of some of the surrounding islands.
Little Fort National Park
Little Fort National Park can be found just south of the Yacht Harbour. It was the site of a Spanish fortress and some masonry walls still exist on the hillside, including the ruins of a structure called the Powder House. The 36-acre area is also a wildlife sanctuary.
To the east of The Baths is Spring Bay. The giant boulders line the beach and there are excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities for novices and professionals alike. The well-manicured lawn leading to the beach is also a favorite for picnic and recreational games. The NPT has recently put in swings and added picnic benches to further enhance the park. Its small coves, which provide safe snorkeling, are popular with charter boat guests, who moor their boats in the area. Massive boulders form coves that allow a steady but calm flow of water back and forth. Marine life is vibrant at Spring Bay since fishing is not permitted. A unique enclosure of boulders forms a natural pool called The Crawl. In the past, this was used by fishermen to hold turtles and fishes alive until they were ready to be used.
The Copper Mine
This national park located on Virgin Gorda’s desolate southwest tip was mined by Cornish miners between 1838 and 1867, and perhaps even earlier by the Spanish. Today the remains of the chimney, boiler house, cistern and mine shafts can be seen.