Toro Negro State Forest

Toro Negro State Forest is located in the center of the island nation of Puerto Rico. This state forest covers 7,000 acres and contains the Cerro de Punta, the island's highest mountain, and Guineo Lake, the island's highest lake.

Toro Negro State Forest provides a more untouched and rugged experience than the other Puerto Rico State Forests. The state forest is amazingly beautiful with its dense forests and forest mist that make you feel like you have left the civilized world behind. There are guided tours available, but you can also explore on your own. If you decide to go on your own, you probably want to stop by one of the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DRNA) offices to obtain maps, weather conditions, and mud slides danger levels.

Toro Negro State Forest has camping sites available, but you are required to obtain a camping permit from the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DRNA) that costs $5 per person.

Dona Juana Falls

Dona Juana Falls

One must-see attraction is the Dona Juana Falls; a beautiful waterfall that is about 200 feet tall. The falls are a short hike from the Dona Juana Recreational Center, which is where the ranger station is located. The Dona Juana Recreational Center also has a camping area, bathrooms, showers, a picnic area, and a natural pool with runoff water from the mountains (so it is a little chilly). It is also where many of the hiking trails begin, however most of the trails are not well marked, nor are they well kept so they can be hard to find and to follow. Several of the trails lead up the mountain to the observation tower.

Toro Negro State Forest facilities operate from 9am to 5pm on Tuesdays through Sundays. Call the visitor center at 787-867-3040 for conditions at the Toro Negro State Forest and to confirm operating hours prior to travel.