Cultural and architectural heritage
Mountain shelter
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A heritage trail offering a breathtaking view over the mountain chain in the south of Basse-Terre.
The trail is named after the temporary governor Emile MERWART and was created by the Club des Montagnards in 1917. It provides a total immersion in the tropical forest for hikers ready to venture into it.

2 points of interest

  • Fauna


    The cicada first appeared in Guadeloupe in the 1990s, then spread over all the region. It serenades the forest with its high-pitched chant.
  • River and waterfall


    As you go deeper into the vegetation on the left (as you make your way upwards), you will see a stream through the mountain mangrove trees.


Set off on the trail following the yellow markings.
The trail is uphill non-stop; after about 2 km you arrive at the edge of the National Park (point 1).
Continue straight ahead as far as the crossroads marked "Refuge Frébault", "Victor Hugues", "Trois Crêtes".
You can then opt to continue along other trails, towards the south-east (Frébault refuge) or to the west (Trois Crêtes refuge).
  • Departure : Allée Merwart, Vernou, Petit-Bourg
  • Arrival : Meeting point with the Merwart trail - Alizés trail
  • Towns crossed : Petit-Bourg

Altimetric profile


Don't set off after 1 pm without lights.
Ask a mountain guide to go with you if possible.
Don't touch the belongings you might find in the hunters' shelter.
In this natural setting, you should be particularly careful and alert, especially 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.
Is in the midst of the park
The national park is an unrestricted natural area but subjected to regulations which must be known by all visitors.

Information desks

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.

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Access and parking

GPS starting point: Lat : 16.16667°N - Long: 61.66410°W.

Take the Route de la Traversée. At the Barbotteau roundabout, follow the signs to Vernou. Continue until you arrive at a 90° bend, turn right and carry on along the Chemin de la Glacière all the way to the end, at the end of Allée Merwart.

Parking :

At the end of Allée Merwart.


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