Nestled underneath the towering limestone cliffs of the Jamaican Alps is the starting point for the Rocky Fort Cockpit Trek, a medium impact hike deep into the hills of Cockpit Country. Along the hike tour guides steeped in the old-time Jamaican tradition of “bush” remedies will point out the numerous plants and herbs traditionally believed to have medicinal values. Much of the hiking trail is along some of the first roads cut into Cockpit Country and the intricate stonework used to make the roads and bridges can still be seen. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view centuries-old plantation houses, wells and tombs of some of the earliest Cockpit explorers. With a stop at Endeavor Tomb in one of Cockpit Country’s expansive bottomlands visitors are treated to the traditional “roast-style” of Jamaican cuisine with plantain, coco, yam and sweet potato roasted over an open fire. The tour finishes at the Alps community square where local crafts and souvenir items will be available to guests.
Activities such as coconut drinking contests create exciting rest stops along the hiking trail.
The Rocky Fort Cockpit Trek provides breathtaking views of Cockpit Country.
Visitors have the opportunity to meet and get to know members of the Alps community.
Roasted yam, plantain and sweet potato are highlights of the lunch menu and offer a taste of authentic Jamaican cooking.
Hiking along Rocky Fort takes you deep into Cockpit Country.