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Day 194 of 365 Things to Do, See & Eat in Jamaica – Hike in to Nanny Falls and Its Legendary Healing Waters

Nanny Falls
Written by Staff Writer

A half-hour hike from Moore Town in Portland in the hills of the John Crow Mountains, is the natural treasure known as Nanny Falls. Although the trail is rugged, and the conditions can be hot and humid, there are many wonders along the way. The trail crosses two streams and presents many opportunities to see the unique local flora and fauna before you arrive at the steep stairs that lead to the clear waters of the falls that cascade some 35 feet into a five-foot pool. Nanny Falls gets its name from Jamaica’s National Heroine Nanny of the Maroons. Locals believe the falls have healing powers; in the past, warriors visited the falls to prepare for battle. Legend has it that a warrior would cut himself and then enter the pool – if the cur remained after his dip in the water, he would not be allowed to go and fight. Because of the environment’s fragile nature, the number of visitors is limited to 200 per day, so it’s best to find a guide that can arrange your visit.

In case you missed any of the past “365 Things to Do, See and Eat in Jamaica“, here they are all together.

About 365 Things to Do, See and Eat in Jamaica
Jamaica has so many unique foods, places and events to offer. These things are often missed by visitors to Jamaica and even locals. Our goal is to have you try new things and see what Jamaica has to fully offer with something to do 365 days of the year. Please note that these are all our opinions and we are always open to suggestions.

Photo Source: Olga Nims

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