Cambalache State Forest

Cambalache State Forest is in north central Puerto Rico and is located on the northern side of PR 22 (Jose de Diego Expressway) about 10 miles east of the city of Arecibo. Note that PR 22 is a tollroad (tolls are about one dollar per tollbooth), however PR 2 runs parallel and is not tolled but it is not an expressway and therefore you will have to deal with stoplights and slower traffic. Cambalache State Forest is a moist broadleaf forest and is controlled by the Departmento de Recursos Natural y Ambientales (DRNA) of Puerto Rico.

Cambalache State Forest does have camping sites available, but you will need to get a permit from the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources for a small fee. There are several good hiking trails, a couple mountain biking trails, some covered picnic tables, wheelchair accessible restrooms, barbeque pits, and a small playground. Otherwise, the facilities at the state forest are fairly minimal including a lack of forest rangers for guidance.

Cambalache State Forest has some interesting Karst rock formations which are caused by acid in the water disolving away rock such as limestone leaving pillar type formations or creating sinkholes or caves. So, in addition to some interesting rock formation over a hundred feet high, there are some caves to explore.

Cambalache State Forest is open 9am to 5pm daily, except it is closed on Mondays. Call the visitor center at 787-881-1004 for detailed information from forest rangers.