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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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Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

You can take this trail whenever you'd like, but I recommend doing a ranger hike through the National Park on St John. The one - way (down) hike gets you back to the National Park Office by 2 or so in the afternoon and costs a reasonable rate, to cover transportation by taxi to the trailhead and by boat back... More

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Orlando
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The way down was definitely a lot easier than the way back up. It took us 2 hours to get to the bottom but we were taking our time and looking at all the sights. The way back up was only about an hour. Well worth the hike. We probably saw about 30 deer and various other animals. The beach... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

It was wonderful. Very safe, and informative. A great experience for young and old. You could bring your own picnic and equipment, but all facilities, lockers, showers, food available.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The park staff were so informative.Wear sturdy hiking shoes.Make your reservations early if you plan to take the tour provided by the national park staff.

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St. John
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

A lot of people seem to think that this is a difficult trail, but it's really not. A quick descent from Centerline Road along a well-maintained trail and you're at the petroglyph spur. Even going back uphill isn't that bad. Don't be scared, give it a chance!

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New York City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Over the years, we've taken this hike with several Park Rangers. This year we were surprised that a volunteer from a local nonprofit, Friends of the VINP, was leading the trip instead of the experienced Ranger who was also on the trip, Golda (praised in other reviews). It appears from what we heard later that FVINP has completely taken over... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Nice hike with lots of information. The waterfall and petroglyphs were great. Having information along the way really enhanced our appreciation for the history of the island.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
51 helpful votes 51 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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