Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve is the oldest and largest protected area in Grenada. Its varied elevation and terrain maintain several different ecological subsystems, culminating in elfin woodlands high up on the slopes of the reserve’s central mountains.
The 3,088-acre (1,250-ha) Grand Etang Forest Reserve, established in 1906, is the oldest and largest protected area in Grenada. Its varied elevation and terrain maintain several different ecological subsystems, culminating in elfin woodlands high up on the slopes of the reserve’s central mountains.
The focal point of the forest reserve is the 36-acre (14.5-ha) Grand Etang Lake which fills the crater of one of the island’s extinct volcanoes, standing at an elevation of 1,740 ft (530 m). The rainforest around the lake holds a rich diversity of flora that includes towering mahogany and giant gommier trees as well as a multitude of ferns, tropical flowers, rare orchids and other indigenous plants.
Etang National Park and Forest Reserve teems with exotic wildlife including frogs, lizards, and iguana as well as mammals such as opossums, armadillos, mongoose and the Mona monkey. The broad winged hawk (known here as the gree-gree), Lesser Antillean swift, Antillean euphonia, purple throated carib, Antillean crested hummingbird (known as the Doctor Bird) and the Lesser Antillean tanager (known as the soursop) are all common sights.
Occupying a large portion of central Grenada Island, Grand Etang is the most popular inland attraction on the island, visited by tens of thousands of people annually. The reserve suffered great devastation from both Hurricanes Ivan and Emily, in 2004 and 2005 respectively.