The A2 highway speeds inland from Black River, passing through some attractive countryside before making the long climb up Spur Tree Hill to Mandeville. The main road passes through Bamboo Avenue, with its walls of tall bamboo, and there are several interesting detours worth taking, particularly in the interior of St Elizabeth. There are gorgeous waterfalls at YS, hiking possibilities in the Black River Gorge and the quiet and completely untouristed villages of the Santa Cruz Mountains. You can also visit a rum factory, beautifully placed among fields of sugar cane at Appleton, on the southern edge of Cockpit Country (see Chapter 4).
Accommodation options in the area are limited and you may want to consider visiting on day-trips from a base on the south coast or in Mandeville.