Houëlmont educational trail
4 points of interest
The Houëlmont geological historyThe Houëlmont dome, the scene for this trail, is made up of materials, stone blocks and ash emitted by two nearby eruptions of the "Grande Voûte" crater and the "Gros Acajou" volcano.
Herbe poisonHerbe poison (Lobelia Persicifolia), literally "poison grass", is endemic to Guadeloupe and found nowhere else. It is relatively widespread in both the mesophile forest (with average humidity) and hygrophile or rain forest.
It is thought to have been used by native Americans to intoxicate fish, making it easier to catch them.
Houëlmont artillery batteryHere we can see the remains of the foundations and a cannon from an artillery battery.
The south of Basse-Terre is richly endowed in these remains. The fort was once used to defend the island against invasion.
Houëlmont pondHouëlmont pond is unusual in being suspended, as it were, between two slopes. It is on a narrow sloping ledge in a surprising position. It is a source of life for local fauna: many dragonflies come here to reproduce and there are also small fish.
NB: the ONF has produced the "Sylvascope" for the educational trail. This is a tablet guide introducing you to the forest with a quiz about the environment. The terminals along the way correspond to guide stations. Pick up the tablet from the ONF Sylvathèque in Gourbeyre before setting off on the hike (0590 81 37 57 or 0590 99 28 99). You can also download the Sylvascope app from the Google Play and Apple stores.
- Departure : Volcanological Observatory, Houëlmont, Gourbeyre.
- Arrival : Volcanological Observatory, Houëlmont, Gourbeyre.
- Towns crossed : Gourbeyre
In this natural setting, you should be particularly careful and alert, since Guadeloupe is subject to natural risks. It is vital to act in a responsible way, so that everyone can enjoy the hike!
Please note: unsupervised car park.
Sylvathèque - National Forestry Office
"Blanchet" - RD9, 97113 Gourbeyre
Localisation GPS : Lat: 15,990734 N - Lng: 61,709914 W.
Access and parking
Arriving from the N1 road, in Gourbeyre, head for Blanchet, Bisdary. Follow the signs to the Vocanological Observatory. Go up to the top of the morne (hill) along the concrete road.
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