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Reef Bay Trail

Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
340 776-6201
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Type: Trails, Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking, Swimming
Traveler Description: The Reef Bay Trail--It's downhill all the way, and can be slippery, so don't wear flip-flops.  Great overgrown plantation ruins, old walls defining... more »
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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I did this trial both ways, down and back up. Here are a few notes: This is a trail that requires you to constantly watch your step. Bring more water than you think need - especially if you are planning to hike back up. (at least 2 liters/ person) Do NOT miss the petroglyphs. If you are not in good... More

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Hockessin, Delaware
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The Reef Bay trail is a real nice hike. It is rocky, you need at minimum sneaks. Hiking shoes would be ideal. We did this on our own as the escorted tour was full. It would have been nice to have someone give us the local history of the ruins along the way, and the sugar mill at the end,... More

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California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
40 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is a great ranger led hike. You take a taxi to the top of the trail and hike down to the water. Along the way you learn about trees, spiders, insects, plants, petroglyphs, ruins, birds. Our guide knew about everything! You learn about many aspects of the island and its natural and human history. Bring lunch and water, wear... More

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Mankato, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a great trail for those who love the outdoors! There are many ruins along the trail including petroglyphs, rock gates, living quarters and finally an old sugar mill at the end of the trail. There is also a gorgeous beach through the trees near the mill. I would not recommend this trail if traveling with small children.

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NJ
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We went on a great ranger led hike on this trail. I think they only do it on Mondays. We met at the NP headquarters in Cruz Bay where they taxied us to the trail head where we hiked down with the rangers pointing out all kinds of interesting facts about the plants, trees, wildlife, and history. We stopped at... More

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Peoria, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The hike was quite challenging with plenty hills and valleys and the trail was filled with loose rocks and ruts to navigate...but the biggest challenge was keeping up with Ranger Don Near. He walked the trail so fast, we all fell behind which made the hike very stressful. We felt terribly rushed and didn't have enough time to enjoy the... More

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Elkhart, Indiana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The petroglyphs at the bottom of this hike are very cool. I'd love to see the waterfall flowing, but the reflecting pool was full. The hike back up is tough but all the sights (beach and sugar mill ruins) make it well worth it. Stay hydrated, don't hike hungry, and you'll be fine!

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The Woodlands
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127 reviews 127 reviews
64 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Unfortunately, I didn't make reservations for the guided tour far enough in advance so we had to hike on our own. The beginning is beautiful and shaded. We didn't go al the way to the beach because we were going to hike the Le Esperanza trail next door. The home we rented was near the end of the trail so... More

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Newberg, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

If you want to go on the downhill only tour of the Reef Bay Trail - call the Park Service before you come, or if you are here more than a week, make that your first stop. You can reserve a spot at the Mongoose Junction gift store next to the ice cream shop along the street. The Park Service... More

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Boston, MA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Lush, green jungle for most of the hike. Really helps on a hot, sunny day. Interesting plant life and overgrown planation ruins along the way. Indian petroglyphs carving at medium sized waterfall location along the way. Relatively well preserved sugar mill ruins along with portapotty bathroom facilities at the end of trail near beach. Not a particularly good spot for... More

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