Ascension: Green Mountain National Park

A large portion of the relatively small Ascension Island is occupied by the Green Mountain National Park. Green Mountain itself is a volcanic peak and the highest point on the island, rising to 859 m (2,818 ft) above sea level. Elevation results in the mountain and the park capturing a lot of rainfall and cooler temps and very lush vegetation. Some of it is endemic, like the Ascension Island parsley fern, while the vast majority of plants have been introduced. Ferns, mosses, bromeliads and lots of wildflowers are everywhere. The road to the top of the Green Mountain is twisty and rough and there is also a historic building called Red Lion on the top with a beautiful clocktower. Charles Darwin visited Ascension and the Green Mountain in 1836.