UNION ISLAND HIKING
There are a number of good hiking trails on Union though none are marked.
You can purchase an Ordnance Survey map of Union Island from the Land & Surveys office in Kingstown, St. Vincent, that shows the locations and routes of many of these trails. Alternatively, you could ask about trail guides at the Union Tourism Association office in Clifton.
An easy trailhead to find is the one that begins where the paved road ends beyond Ashton and Campbell at our island’s south westerly tip. One track runs down to Chatham Bay, the other runs along the ridges of Union’s rocky interior and joins up with others that take you to different parts of our island, including the peak of Mount Taboi. If you do choose to hike, be sure to let someone know where you are going, take some form of sun protection and also plenty of water with you. Long pants are also a good idea as some of the trails can be a little overgrown with sharp, low-growing dry forest scrub.
If unsure of your route, ask for directions. We are very friendly and always willing to help!
Hikers should also keep an eye out for a new species of lizard that was discovered as recently as 2005. A gecko of the genus sphaerodactylus is thought to be endemic.