British Virgin Islands Virgin Gorda and Mosquito Island

Road Town, British Virgin Islands

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Columbus named the island “Fat Virgin” because its profile reminded him of a heavy woman lying on her back. The southern portion of Virgin Gorda is a low lying land, attaining a height of only 447 feet on Cow Hill. Among the scrub brush and century plants are giant boulders that came to rest here after volcanic activity ceased centuries ago. Virgin Gorda Peak, the “stomach” of the fat virgin, rises in the center of the island to over 1,300 feet. The greenest and lushest vegetation of the island can be found here. The peninsula to the east of Gorda Peak forms the legs of the virgin and is much lower in elevation. On the low ridges, the vegetation is a mixture of that found in the scrub country and in the mountain region. This eastern peninsula is accessible only by boat, but offers some excellent, isolated walking places. Virgin Gorda is only eight square miles, which means most of the island is within a few hours walk. The seldom-driven roads should not be overlooked, however, for they can provide enjoyable walks, going past sparsely populated hamlets and out to such pleasant points as Little Dix Bay, Gun Creek, and Pond Bay. This eTrail includes 6 walks on Virgin Gorda.

British Virgin Islands: Virgin Gorda & Mosquito Island Professional Review and Guide

"Columbus named the island “Fat Virgin” because its profile reminded him of a heavy woman lying on her back. The southern portion of Virgin Gorda is a low lying land, attaining a height of only 447 feet on Cow Hill. Among the scrub brush and century plants are giant boulders that came to rest here after volcanic activity ceased centuries ago. Virgin Gorda Peak, the “stomach” of the fat virgin, rises in the center of the island to over 1,300 feet. The greenest and lushest vegetation of the island can be found here.

The peninsula to the east of Gorda Peak forms the legs of the virgin and is much lower in elevation. On the low ridges, the vegetation is a mixture of that found in the scrub country and in the mountain region. This eastern peninsula is accessible only by boat, but offers some excellent, isolated walking places. Virgin Gorda is only eight square miles, which means most of the island is within a few hours walk. The seldom-driven roads should not be overlooked, however, for they can provide enjoyable walks, going past sparsely populated hamlets and out to such pleasant points as Little Dix Bay, Gun Creek, and Pond Bay. This eTrail includes 6 walks on Virgin Gorda."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Road Town
Trail Type: Several options
Season: Year-round, weather depending
Local Contacts: Detailed tourist/contact information is included in the eTrail
Driving Directions: Directions to British Virgin Islands: Virgin Gorda & Mosquito Island

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May 2018