San Fernando Hill, San Fernando

San Fernando Hill is a 192-m hill which lies at the centre of the city of San Fernando in Trinidad and Tobago. The hill, an outcrop of Argillite is the highest point in the Naparima Plains. Originally nearly dome-shaped with a flattened top, the size was reduced by more than a third as a result of unrestricted quarrying in the 1970s. The Hill originally supported semi-evergreen forest, but this was largely replaced by cultivated species prior to the devastation of the Hill by quarrying.
Quarrying on the Hill was not a new phenomenon, but the increase in demand for Argillite aggregate during the oil boom of the 1970s led to an expansion of quarrying to the point where it appeared that the entire Hill would be removed. Protests by citizens' groups led to a halt to quarrying and the Hill was included in the National Parks and Protected Areas plan of 1980. The Forestry Division took over management of the Hill and have since constructed a visitor centre and recreation area on the Hill. When visiting the centre, one can look out over a commanding view of south and central Trinidad, the Gulf Of Paria, and on a clear day, the coast of nearby Venezuela. Several World War II-era bunkers also exist on the Hill, but they are not readily accessible to the public.
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  • Really wonderful view of the Harbor area. Picnic spot. Beautiful birds, and delightful stop as you travel through San Fernando.  more »
  • Breathtaking view .. Surroundings..clean with convenient bathroom facilities. Must tourist attraction  more »
  • Pretty good..... They are doing some upgrades to the sheds and trails, so it a little disorganized now. But it is still a large area/park so it shouldn't be much of a bother.
  • Lots of breeze. Ladies, if you know you don't like wearing panties, do NOT go here with a dress on.
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