Cascade aux Ecrevisses
From the Cascade aux Ecrevisses parking area, on the banks of the river Corossol, a paved path will take you through the forest from this specially designed site that is much loved by the locals.
At the start of the trail, you can find out more about the area's heritage by consulting the information boards. A panoramic map of the area, also written in Braille, will show you the trail in detail. You can find out everything about the remarkable species at this site including the brown trembler, Guadeloupe woodpecker, ouassous (varieties of shrimp) and cirique crab, to name but a few.
Alongside the river...
The trail runs along the Corossol river. Hear you can hear the gentle ripple of the water as you walk.
Here, you may also be able to see a quite remarkable tree : the large-leaved Chestnut (Sloanea massoni). It can be seen just to the side of the trail. If you see it, you cannot miss it : it is an imposing tree with distinctive buttresses at its bole. As for vegetation, the site of la Cascade aux Ecrevisses in the tropical forest also gives you the chance to see some tree ferns (Cyathea arborea).
You then reach a final platform, where you can hear the cool waters of the Cascade aux Ecrevisses, a fine cascade that stands at eight metres high and that flows into the Corossol river. Here, a wooden bench allows you a little respite.
Cascade aux Ecrevisses
Here is the famous Cascade aux Ecrevisses. The pool at the bottom is very popular for bathing in the river, but be careful because the area is not supervised.
Hiking trail colour: yellow
At the start of the trail, just outside the main parking area, the information boards allow you a first glimpse into the National Park and provide explanations about the little world of the river.
Head into the forest using the wide, paved trail. Keep going through the forest: the trail wends its way alongside the Corossol river. You will then soon arrive at the end of the trail, where you will find a platform near the waterfall. After enjoying the views, turn around and head back by the same path. On the other side of Route RD23, a special picnic area has been set up next to the main car park.
Pay attention to cars on Route RD23, as it is a major road.
There are no litter bins on the route, so please be considerate and take your rubbish with you.
Extra care should be taken in this natural environment, as Guadeloupe is prone to natural risks. For the benefit of all hikers, it is very important that you behave responsibly.
Please note: the parking and swimming areas are not supervised.
Maison de la Forêt
RD 23 - Route de la Traversée, 97170 Petit-Bourg
Opening hours :
- In low season (May 1 to June 30 and September 1 to October 31) : every day (except weekends) from 9 am to 4.30 pm.
- In high season (November 1 to April 30 and from July 1 to August 31) : every day from 9 am to 4.30 pm ; sunday from 9 am to 12.30 pm.
Services: reception, permanent exhibition, free parking, picnic area nearby. Building accessible to people with reduced mobility.
Please note : parkings are not supervised.
Localisation GPS : Lat: 16,17600 N - Lng: 61,69280 W.
"Corossol" bus stop on the RD23 at the main car park.
Access and parking
GPS coordinates of the start point : Lat : 16,17968 N - Long : 61,67994 W.
From Bouillante or Petit-Bourg : take Route RD23, Route de la Traversée. Leave your car at the Cascade aux Ecrevisses parking area, located near the bridge over the Corossol River.
Parking access and a path for persons of reduced mobility and the visually impaired (site certified "Tourisme et handicap")
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