Gilpin Trace Location

Gilpin Trace is in a relatively remote region in the northeast corner of Tobago on the Main Ridge Forest Reserve. It is in mountainous terrain off the Roxborough-Parlatuvier Road—a mountain pass. The trailhead, at the Forestry Lookout, is on the right after the 35.5km post—a half kilometre short of the visitor centre—or 5.5mi from the Windward Road junction. This road sees little traffic and as such is not part of the major public transportation network, which, in the main, connect coastal villages and towns. The best means of transport to the trail is by private vehicle.

  • Gilpin Trace Address: Roxborough-Parlatuvier Road

  • Gilpin Trace Trail-Head (at Forestry Lookout) GPS: 11.282352, -60.615583

  • Gilpin Trace Forest Exit (at Forestry Hut) GPS: 11.283639, -60.606607

  • Tobago Forestry Division: 660-2079/639-4468

  • Tobago General Information and Emergency: email: tobago.211.ccsupr5@gmail.com; ph: 211

  • Directions to Gilpin Trace (from Claude Noel H'Way, Scarborough): northeast on Windward Road 20.21km (12.53mi), north on Roxborough-Parlatuvier Road 9.45km (5.86mi).

  • Transportation: Rental Car:

  • Transportation: Destination/Private Taxi: Taxi tour rates are US$20–25 per hour.

    • Albert Pilgrim: Speyside, Tobago; 660-6050/775-5636

    • Ezron 'Benji' Benjaman; Speyside, Tobago; 660-5293/770-1270

    • Peter's Transport Service: ANR Robinson International Airport; 639-8400

    • Royal Taxi Service: Crown Point, Tobago; 639-8153

    • Tobago Taxi Co-op: Carrington Street, Scarborough, Tobago; 639-2659

  • Transportation: Route Taxis to Northeast Tobago, Plymouth, Castara, and Parlatuvier (Off Route Option):

    • Stand: Wilson Road, Opposite Scarborough Market, Scarborough

    • Directions to Stand (from Ferry Terminal): west on Carrington Road (253m) to Wilson Road, north on Wilson Road (117m).

    • Route: northeast on Northside Road (26km) to Roxborough-Parlatuvier Road, southeast on Roxborough-Parlatuvier Road (6km)

    • Distance: 32km(19.8mi)

    • Duration: 1 hour

    • Fare/Head: TT$8.00

    • Note: One way off route fare onto Roxborough-Palatuvier Road, from Scarborough, can be as much as five times this route's fare. Travelers must arrange return trip pickup.



  • Transportation: Route Taxis to Northeast Tobago, Speyside and Chrarlotteville (Off Route Option):

    • Stand: Main Street, Opposite Republic Bank (by James Park), Scarborough

    • Directions to Stand (from Ferry Terminal): right on Carrington Road (89m) to Burnett Street, south on Burnett Street (172m) to Main Street, east northeast on Main Street.

    • Route: northeast on Windward Road (20.21km), north on Roxborough-Parlatuvier Rd (8.94km).

    • Distance: 29.15km (18mi)

    • Duration: 47 minutes

    • Fare/Head: TT$12.00

    • Note: One way off route fare onto Roxborough-Palatuvier Road, from Scarborough, can be as much as three times this route's fare. Travelers must arrange return trip pickup.

  • Transportation: Maxi Taxi (Blue Band): Tobago National Maxi Taxi Owner/Driver Association, Bethel, Tobago:

    • Tel: 639-7258, 758-0321

    • Note: Gilpin Trace is off the main Maxi Taxi transportation network; passengers desirous of travelling by Maxi Taxi to Gilpin Trace must decide private terms, including pickup and drop-off points, with a Maxi Taxi Driver/Owner.

  • Roxborough-Parlatuvier Road climbs and winds then descends through the Main Ridge Forest Reserve for 15.19km (9.42mi). It heads north from Windward Rd after 20.21km (12.53mi) from the Claude Noel H’Way at Scarborough. It joins the Northside Road at Parlatuvier on the Caribbean Sea side of the island.

  • Gilpin Trace Parking: Parking is available at two locations: the Forestry Lookout, which is after the 35.5km post on the Roxborough-Parlatuvier Road, heading towards L'Anse Fourmi, and at the Forestry Hut 205m after the 33.5km post.


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