Green Mountain National Park, Ascension Island

#1 of 10 in Parks in St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Must see · Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
The country's first national park, Green Mountain National Park boasts a rich diversity of animal and plant species, some of them endemic to the area. Hike the famous Elliot path to explore its lush greenery, with a chance to encounter some local wildlife, such as turtles and land crabs. Pines, shrubs, and soft grass rejuvenate, along with the mountain views and fresh air. Plan your Green Mountain National Park visit and explore what else you can see and do in Ascension Island using our Ascension Island trip planner.
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  • If you are visiting the island you must visit this all green area. The views to all around the island is spectacular. Be well prepared for a good hike of 6 or 7km. The trails sometimes not for the...  more »
  • If anyone tells you (as a yachtie) to skip Ascension then ignore them! Just make sure you arrange a car well ahead of time so you can get around. It’s an amazing island with so much to do apart from.....  more »
  • The history of Green Mountain is fascinating, but it is probably best enjoyed from a tough and smallish vehicle (the road up is extremely steep and the hairpin bands are very tight - you do not want.....  more »
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  • Very beautiful park. It's one of my favorite parks. It's really an excellent park of the country.
  • Absolutely wonderful park with many paths (maintained by island volunteers who are always looking for an extra hand) which twist and turn through woods and forest and rocky scree. The place is well documented by illustrated signage locally as well as a few guidebooks which can be obtained from the Obsidian Hotel. Personally I enjoyed taking jogs up the asphalt track, the track goes pretty much to the lower peak of Green Mountain from the Two Boats road. From there on tracks are mixed lose stone, compacted earth, tussocky grass, and mud. The exception is the volunteer maintained Dew Pond path, the last section of which is a boardwalk through the bamboo forest. Fauna and mixed climate flora are in abundance here. One caveat is the Elliot's Pass walk has several sheer drops along the route and mountain goats like to chill out on the path which can lead to some interesting encounters. Also the Botanical Gardens at the Red Lion (closed sadly) have park benches and a children's play area. The tunnel behind is blocked off due to a cave-in.
  • Starkly lunar but breathtaking. Hiked the only lush vegetation area on the island (Green Mountain). Very memorable (1989 was my last time there -- supporting NASA).

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