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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  • This hill is in my home town. My family frequently picnic here. It is very scenic and peaceful. The venue can host weddings and concerts. It is a must see if visiting South Trinida.  more »
  • On my quick stop to this site, I really didn't know what to expect... "Oh a boulder... that's a nice boulder" Haha, but I was happily impressed by the view. Simply amazing.  more »
  • Awesome view from the hill of San Fernando City and the outskirts of the island. Nice pictures and very nice for a picnic. But go with a group of people. Kind of lonely by yourself and few persons
  • Very scenic and very serene. It is clean and really well maintained. The play park is a lot of fun for the little ones and the up keep is wonderful. A nice family area. All my kids had a good time even my 14 year old.
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