The park is over 800
acres in size with hiking trails and features
swimming and nature trails ....
Blue Hole is actually a sinkhole formed
by the collapse of an underground river channel. The
exposed section of the underground Cave Branch Creek
tributary can be viewed for about 150 feet before it
disappears again beneath the surface.
Located just off the Humming Bird Highway, Blue Hole steps lead to a 25-foot deep pool, for which
the park is named. Its cool, turquoise
waters, surrounded by dense forest, overhung with mosses,
vines and ferns are the perfect spot for a cool and
St. Herman's Cave is located about
500 meters from the Hummingbird Highway. The information
center and parking are located just off the highway.
The largest of the three known entrances to St. Herman's
Cave sits in a sinkhole 180 feet wide narrowing to
60-foot wide entrance. Concrete steps cover stone steps
once cut by the Maya. Once inside,
visitors can clamber over rocks and splash through
the water, while admiring the cave formations.
A trail with markers has been
placed within the cave for the first half-mile.
To continue beyond this point into restricted areas of the cave, park guide are available for exploring on foot or you can opt for some cave tubing. For this activity you continue on to the water source. Once there, hop on your tube and float lazily back along this subterranean river system.
After exploring the cave, there is the option to hike
a 2 mile interpretive
trail. There are a number of other trails to hike within the park.
The park is popular with Birders. Some of the moreeunusual birds known to frequent this area include
White Hawk, Spotted-Wood Quail, Crested Guans, Lovely
Cotinga, Keel-Billed Toucans, Red-Legged Honey Creepers,
and Slaty-Tailed Trogons.
Blue Hole National Park is located about 12 miles southeast
of Belmopan on the Hummingbird
Highway heading to the coast and Dangriga.
The Inland Blue Hole & St Herman's Cave National Park makes a good stopover for those coming from The Stann Creek District and Hopkins or heading south from the San Ignacio area.