The Mastic Reserve was originally founded in 1992 when 145 acres were donated for nature conservation to the National Trust. The reserve now protects 834 acres of lowland semi-deciduous forest, wetlands and is a core habitat for many of the Island’s unique animals, birds and plants.
The area is traversed by the historic Mastic Trail, which is a wilderness path meandering through a variety of natural habitats. Some of Cayman’s rarest trees can be seen here including mahogany, ironwood and West Indian cedar as well as wild orchids and medicinal plants. Geological features such as sink holes, jagged limestone bedrock and splits can also be seen along the trail.
The National Trust hosts guided three hour nature walks with a trained and experienced naturalist. Along the 2.3-mile trail, hikers will learn about rare trees including
the Mastic tree, from which the Reserve and Trail take their name. Several bird species, butterflies, snakes (not poisonous), frogs, crabs and lizards are a few of the animals that make the reserve their home.
Booking and prepayment required. Minimum of six participants required. Adults CI$52 and CI$30 for children 12 to five years old. The trail is open 365 days per year and self-guided tours can be accessed free of charge.
Geological features such as sink holes, jagged limestone bedrock and splits can also be seen from the trail.
For more information call (345) 749 1121 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another very good person to contact is Ann Stafford who organises nature walks. Visit www.caymannature.ky.