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Address: Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
Phone Number: 340 776-6201
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Activities: Hiking, Swimming
Description: This 2.2-mile hiking trail is one of the best on St. John: descend through...
This 2.2-mile hiking trail is one of the best on St. John: descend through a shady, moist forest and a dry forest, through visible remains of four sugar mills, pass by pre-Columbian petroglyphs, and end at a beautiful, pristine beach.
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Great Hike!!

We frequent Big Bend National Park in South Texas and hike all of the trails there. This one is comparable to those. It is relatively short (in the grand scheme) and you should... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
John S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We frequent Big Bend National Park in South Texas and hike all of the trails there. This one is comparable to those. It is relatively short (in the grand scheme) and you should clear your morning schedule for it. Anyone can hike it down, but coming back up is a bit of a booger! There are some very steep switch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This hike was great! We hike in the Adirondacks quite a bit and it was like a much shorter Indian pass. We almost didn't do the hike after reading how "challenging" it was though! I would rate this hike as a moderate (ADK scale). About 80% of the hike is flat or barely a gradient. The last 20% of the... More 

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I'm and avid hiker so I wasn't phased by the Ranger telling me that they normally lead a hike down the trail and then give you a boat ride ($30) back to town. I was ok with hiking back up the trail... until it started this incline that I had no idea was there coming down! It is a very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We hiked down to reef bay on off season by ourselves one morning without a guide. Landmarks are well marked for the most part and easy to discover without a guide (esp. If you read about them prior). We took 64 ounces of water a piece and we were fine. Trail is rocky so wear supportive shoes. Probably not your... More 

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Oradell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Reef Bay is a great hike - and a little challenging. The trail is uneven and passes over a rubble beach, past a salt pond and up onto a hill with fantastic views and high winds. The dry vegetation is also quite different from other hikes on St. John. Do not forget to pack water as it can be very... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This place is gorgeous. If you enter the water youo should wear water shoes as it can be slick. Dont forget the sun block and a dry towel. A water camera is a must.

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This hike really is worth it. Bring plenty of water for the hike in and out. Steep and rocky trail. Placards guide the way and inform you of points of interest. Watch for plantation ruins along the way to the Reef Bay Rum Factory ruins. Be sure to take the detour to the petroglyphs. It's a very tranquil spot. Remember... More 

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Tenafly, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We were excited to see the petroglyphs at the bottom of the trail. It is a steep trek nearly 3 miles down in thickly wooded forest. So, go very early to keep the heat at bay and the pests from bothering you. We got down to the end and we saw what seemed to look like chalk on large rocks... More 

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

My husband and I make this hike an event. Pack lots (and lots) of water. We wear our swimsuits so we can swim at the beach at the bottom or pop over to the bay next to it. Lots and lots of nature on this hike!! Hermit crabs, lots of deer and for me the shark nursery is the reason... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

My husband and I were there on our honeymoon and are young and both athletes in fairly good shape. This is mountain. the down was fine but the back up is not friendly. We thought we would be fine to do the whole thing alone. It was not enjoyable, and would be with a park service ranger

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Address: Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
Phone Number: 340 776-6201
Location: Caribbean  >  U.S. Virgin Islands  >  St. John  >  Virgin Islands National Park

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