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Reef Bay Trail

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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 walk...take lots of water!

We purchased tickets ($30.00 each) for the Reef Bay Trail from the Friends of the Park store located at Mongoose Junction.. The VI National Park Visitor's Center is undergoing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Joelyn O
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We purchased tickets ($30.00 each) for the Reef Bay Trail from the Friends of the Park store located at Mongoose Junction.. The VI National Park Visitor's Center is undergoing remodeling and had very few exhibits to show. On the day of the hike we met our group (maximum 30 plus guide) outside the Visitor's Center and took about a 20-30... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The trail starts out off center line road. With a few steps down. The hike down is fun and eventful with wildlife and sugar mills to check out. You reach the main beach about 3.2 miles down. The secret to is get in the water and wade in the water "1.5 ft " deep around the mangroves to the left.... More 

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Cross River, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This trail, which I think is the longest on St. John, decends from Centerline Road down to a deserted beach and reef. As many have pointed out, the trail down is easy. Take time to read the signs about the trees and the life that once existed there, and keep a sharp eye out for allof the creatures that are... More 

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New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

If you are in reasonably good shape, you can do this trail without a guide. Make sure to take plenty of water! It is worth going early in the day to avoid the crowds.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Somewhat challenging hike. The descent is steepest at the top of the trail and then levels out. We saw lots of deer, they were not afraid of humans. Be sure to take the side trail to see the petroglyphs. The beach at the bottom is rocky and not suitable for swimming. It was worth it to get in and cool... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We really enjoyed the Reef Bay Hike Tour we booked through the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park. The rangers pointed out many things we wouldn't have seen on our own (showing us the aromatic bay rum leaf that aftershave was made from, letting us sample some stinky toe fruit and wild limes, talking to us about the termites and... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We had read reviews and were well prepared (left early, had water, carried snorkel gear, etc.) It is a beautiful hike, great trail, lots of deer and mongoose. Waterfall was dry but petroglyphs easily visible (underwhelming, but I guess interesting that they're still there after all this time). The beach at the end was not the reward we were expecting.... More 

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Texas
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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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