Big Tree Trail, El Yunque National Forest

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#2 of 6 in Trails in Puerto Rico
Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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Bring your hiking boots and trek across the 1.4 km (0.8 mi) Big Tree Trail as you enjoy the sites and sounds of nature. Enjoy the 200-to 300-year-old trees that once filled the entire national park as you make your way through the lush green rainforest. Listen to the sound of local warblers singing while you cross one of many clear mountain streams. The asphalted trail is moderate in difficulty, has some steep climbs, and is full of covered picnic areas. It leads to a beautiful 10 m (35 ft) waterfall, which cascades down into an exquisite little pool. Go for a rewarding swim in the pool following your hike. Work out when and for how long to visit Big Tree Trail and other El Yunque National Forest attractions using our handy El Yunque National Forest online tour planner.
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  • Great hiking trail be sure to bring some lunch and water. The view is great. Explore the forest. I LOVED IT! 
    Great hiking trail be sure to bring some lunch and water. The view is great. Explore the forest. I LOVED IT!  more »
  • The hike is short, but there are lots posts about vegetation and animals in the forest. We saw some chickens there. 
    The hike is short, but there are lots posts about vegetation and animals in the forest. We saw some chickens there.  more »
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  • Went today February 22, 2019 and a large part of El Yunque is closed still due to damage from the Hurricane including the Big Tree Trail, the Welcome Center and many of the bathrooms and other trails. You can drive and see the overviews from the road. Juan Diego Creek was the only real waterfall with a pool that we could walk up to. It was nice easy walk from the road. We were also able to see La Coca Falls from the road but it is not big enough to swim in or get under!
  • Absolutely a must! It requires a 30 minute hike through a narrow but concrete sidewalk leading directly to the falls and further past it if you choose. My wife who doesn't have a hiking bone in her body was able to do it. But, make sure to take your asthma pump if you require it.

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