Fern Gully, one of Jamaica’s natural wonders, is a winding scenic stretch of road which starts in Ocho Rios and runs for three miles, ending up in the community of Colgate. The roadway through Fern Gully was established in 1907, when an earthquake destroyed one of the eight rivers in the Ocho Rios area. The river bed was subsequently paved and the roadway was established.
The area gets its name from the wide variety of ferns which grow in the area, towering high above the road forming a shady tunnel of lush greenery. The varieties of plant life may be lost on many visitors but keen botanists and lovers of flora will enjoy seeing all the varieties of fern in addition to other species such as Blue Mahoe and Banana trees.
This beautiful winding path lying about 6.4km from Ocho Rios is a rocky gorge of lush vegetation at tremendous depth. The Fern Gully is worth a visit to see its profusion of tropical ferns (over 500 species) and the kind of foliage only to be found in a tropical rain forest. In the deepest parts of the gorge, only faint dapples of sunshine penetrate through the thick foliage and the temperature is about ten degrees cooler.
Along the roadway through the gully you will see many craft stalls.
The Fern Gully has been placed under the care of the National Heritage Trust and is now a preservation site.