Surrounded by a riot of tropical plants including Jamaica’s national tree, the Blue Mahoe, Holywell has five walking trails to explore with just enough difficulty to make it fun. These nature walks are suitable for children and senior citizens.

What you will need:

  • Hiking for trail shoes/sneakers
  • Rain gear
  • Liquid refreshment/water
  • Snacks

Cost

All nature walks at Holywell are free with the cost of admission to Holywell.

Admission

Residents
J$400.00 adults and J$100.00 children
Visitors
US$10.00 adults and US5.00 children

Guided Tours

Residents
J$5,000.00 groups of 1-10 persons
Visitors
US$50.00 groups of 1-10 persons

Blue Mahoe Trail

Blue Mahoe Trail

Distance: 250 m Time: 10 minutes Difficulty: Easy

This walk begins at the Visitor Centre and ends at the picnic area. It offers views of the city of Kingston and the southern coast. The trail is fairly level and is suitable for children and senior citizens.


Oatley Mountain Trail

Distance: 1.2 km Time: 1 hour Difficulty: Moderate

The trails offers views of St. Andrew and Portland from three look out points. The Oatley Mountain Trail descends through primary forest, rich in ferns and mosses, with over 50 species of trees and shrubs.


Waterfall Trail

Waterfall Trail

Distance: 1.3 km Time: 1 hour Difficulty: Moderate

This walk takes hikers through a valley of ferns where over 50 varie􀆟es can be observed at different stages of development. A highlight at the end of this trail (and across the Oatley Road) is a 4.5 meter cascading stream with a pool just big enough to dip your feet in the cool water.


Shelter Trail

Shelter Trail

Distance: 600 m Time: ½ hour Difficulty: Moderate

This one-way trail is a good place to observe, bromeliads and vines. The nature walk also offers a view of the parish of Portland.


Wagwater Trail

Wagwater Trail

Distance: 600 m Time: ½ hour Difficulty: Moderate

This trail follows a steep one-way path to a tributary of the Wag Water River.