Objectives of the Mount Scenery National Park
- 01 Promote small scale sustainable use in support of eco-tourism
- 02 Improve and maintain access and safety of the trail system
- 03 Protect the biodiversity whilst allowing ongoing traditional small-scale agriculture
- 04 Restore, preserve and provide safe access to historical structures
Yield to uphill traffic
Since gaining elevation requires more energy than going down, it’s polite to give way to the person burning more calories. Keep to the right side of the trail when you are being passed.
Dispose of waste properly
Whatever is brought into the park, should be taken out. Help protect nature by taking a bag with you on any trip and collect any litter you come across. Dog owners must pick up after pets.
Observe from a distance, but do not follow or approach wildlife. Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting or raising young. Pets must be on a leash at all times.
Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts. Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them. Don’t carve your name onto anything.
Be considerate of others
Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises. Most of the land is privately owned. Don’t step off the trail and don’t pick what others have planted.
About the Mount Scenery National Park
Established in 2018, the park comprises the northern part of Saba, plus the centrally located Mount Scenery above 550m (1,804 ft) elevation, an area of approximately 3.42 km (1.32 mi) or 26% of the total island area. The main attraction is the mountain’s summit, at 887 meters (2,910 feet), the highest point in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Although nature is protected, landowners retain their rights and small-scale, sustainable agriculture is being supported.
The terrain consists of steep slopes, ravines and rock formations, featuring biologically diverse and pristine endemic flora and fauna. Hot geothermal springs, located on the shore nearest Green Island, are indicative of fluctuations in residual volcanic activity. The less steep parts of the slopes were farmed until the middle of the previous century, after which most plots were abandoned.