The salt-resistant plant life of the Bird Rock wetlands.
Found in the Heaving Down Rock region on the eastern point of Providenciales, the Bird Rock area offers scenic and tranquil wetlands and coasts.
The terrain here is mixed between low limestone bluffs, mangrove water ways and tidal marine marshes. It’s a fascinating eco-system, and a great location to see many of the unique saline-resistant plants common to the country’s wetlands.
The tidal flats at Bird Rock Trail, Providenciales.
Off the extreme east point (Crist Point) of Providenciales, the tiny cay of Bird Rock can be seen close off the low cliffs. A small navigation light tower stands on the rock. From the high ground near the point, it’s possible to see the circular pens of the Caicos Conch Farm in the shallow water to the west.
In 2014, the Turks and Caicos National Trust cleared a hiking trail to the point. This path initially leads through low drought-resistant coastal vegetation, but does break out into the interior wetlands after about .55 miles (.9km). Total distance to the point is .8 miles (1.3km). Disregarding the typically high temperatures and intense sun of the Turks and Caicos, the trail is not strenuous.
A stepping stone causeway on the Bird Rock Trail.
The area is also a great location for birdwatching. Green herons, Antillean nighthawks, bananaquits, ospreys, doves, mangrove cuckoos and other species frequent the area.
Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find the trailhead as there’s no signage. See the map below for access information. Due to abrupt turns and narrow sections, the trail is unsuitable for bicycles.
The Bird Rock region of Providenciales can have serious mosquito and sand flea problems at times. If such conditions exist, it's advised to return at a windier time.