How To Spend a Day at Grand Etang National Park, Grenada

The spicy island of Grenada is home to many wonders. Exploring Grand Etang National Park is a great way to learn more about the island if you can prise yourself away from the beautiful beaches.

There’s a reason why Grand Etang National Park takes up a space on our list of the best things to do in Grenada.

From the natural crater lake to the hiking tours, as well as introducing you to a plethora of indigenous flora and fauna. The great park is definitely a must-visit. 

But, before we get into it, let’s tell you a little more about Grand Etang National Park.

Be at one with nature at Grand Etang National Park
Be at one with nature at Grand Etang National Park

What is Grand Etang National Park?

This epic national park was established in 1992 and covers an area of 3,816 acres. ‘Grand Etang’ is derived from the French for ‘large lake’, the clue is in the name!

Located in the centre of Grenada, it’s home to a huge crater lake. Drive up to the park along winding roads until you reach the mountains to discover this hidden gem. The park is also complete with a handy visitor centre. This natural wonder is centered around the magnificent Grand Etang lake.

Towering trees have formed a canopy creating a rainforest habitat which attracts unusual species. Guided tours are a popular choice for those looking to see the park in all it’s glory.

But, if you’re one of those people who like to study the menu online before you go to the restaurant, we’ve done the hard work for you and highlighted the must-sees in this blog.

Incredible Natural Attractions in the Park

As you might imagine, there is a whole world of natural wonders to uncover in Grand Etang Park. From mountains and lakes to waterfalls and even mischievous monkeys. Let’s go into those elements now in more detail.

Mega Mountains

Firstly, we recommend discovering the summits of Mount Qua Qua, Mount Granby and Morne Fédon. The Mount Qua Qua trail offers a substantial hike to reach the emerald-green summit with outstanding vistas of the rainforest below. Upon reaching the summit, you’ll get a panoramic view of Grand Etange Lake and the entire surroundings. There is also a stone landmark where hikers sit and take pictures, offset by an incredible cloud inversion.

Grand Etang Lake

Then it’s on to Grand Etang Lake. A breathtaking national beauty that encompasses years of ancient history. Situated at the heart of the park, the lake sits proudly at 530m above sea level and is roughly 6m deep. Rumour has it the lake is home to a magical mermaid who lures men to their watery deaths. So beware gents!

Measuring 36 hectares the azure lake presents the perfect opportunity for a hike around its perimeter. Surrounded by jungle and rainforest a gentle jaunt around the picturesque lake takes about an hour and a half with dazzling views all round.

Can You Swim in Grand Etang Lake?

Unlike the waterfalls we’ll discuss in a moment, unfortunately, swimming is not allowed in Grand Etang Lake. That may have something to do with the mermaid stories or it could be more entangled with the knowledge that, because of its unstable bottom, the lake is considered a danger to swimmers. 

In addition, as you will see from this piece and visiting the National Park, the forests around the lake are teeming with life – all of which rely on the lake for water and food. Humans can unsettle this fine balance and cause issues with the local wildlife. 

Wonderous Waterfalls in Grand Etang Park

Whilst in the national park a visit to the numerous grand waterfalls must be added to your itinerary.

Wonderous Waterfalls Around Grenada

Home to over 50 Waterfalls, there are various locations where you can hike in Grenada. 

Following a two-hour hike to the Seven Sisters Falls, you’re able to cool down with a swim in the pool at the base of the waterfall. Concord Falls  situated on the western side of the island – is best located with the help of a local guide who will expertly direct you.

Gift shops line the hiking trail giving you chance to pick up a themed souvenir from your trip. The impressive cascading waterfall will leave you in awe, as will the local daredevils who jump into the pool below. But it’s also worth checking out the popular Annandale Falls. Surrounded by lush green tropical vegetation here you can bask in the delights of this natural beauty. Or invigorate yourself with a dip in the alluring pool.  

Meet The Monkeys

Finally, your time at the nature reserve will see you come face to face with Mona monkeys who have made the forest their home.

Watch them playfully swing overhead in the forest and enjoy seeing them interact with each other.

Top Excursion in Grenada For Nature-lovers

As we said at the start, Grand Etang National Park is a must visit for nature lovers. It’s really worthwhile taking a day out of your holiday to experience this popular destination on the edge of the Grand Etang Forest Reserve.

The adventurer in you will love the hiking and being at one with nature first-hand. Look out for tropical birds including the strikingly coloured Antillean crested hummingbird. In addition, the rainforest climate also makes a great habitat for a variety of frogs, lizards and mongoose. Pretty orchids also line the lake paths too.

How Much Does it Cost to Enter Grand Etang National Park?

These activities should ensure you have a fun-filled day at Grand Etang National Park. But it’s worth noting that this fun doesn’t come for free. Although we’re not sure the USD 2 entry fee will act as much of a barrier during your visit.

While it may seem like a small price to pay, the entry fees do go some way to ensure the forest and wildlife stay as happy, healthy and cared for as possible. 

Why not take home a little treat from one of the gift shops stocking locally produced chocolate?

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If you like sound of immersing yourself in nature when you’re away, then Grenada is certainly the place for you. Check out our amazing range of Grenada resorts now if you’re sold. 

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