Fern Gully Ocho Rios
|Amazing road tour valley of ferns
Jamaica has more than 500 species of ferns, and you can see at least 300 of them in this shaded rocky gorge almost 3 miles in length.
Until an earthquake around 1907, the gorge was one of the eight flowing rivers of the Ocho Rios area.
The river disappeared during the earthquake and the river bed was turned into a paved road.
The dense fern growth appears to have been growing in place since the beginning of time, despite such a recent start.
Often crowded with traffic, you can't just pull over on the side of this narrow roadway to take a look around. Wait until you find a place to pull off and park your vehicle.
The gully is part of the road connecting Ocho Rios and Kingston that passes through Spanish Town.
It's also the roadway leading to Walkerswood, the company above Ocho Rios famous for its jerk and other spicy seasonings.