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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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Worth the effort!

We didn't really read a lot about this trail, just that there were Petroglyphs to be seen. We set out thinking it was a small hike, and we were gone the better part of the day... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We didn't really read a lot about this trail, just that there were Petroglyphs to be seen. We set out thinking it was a small hike, and we were gone the better part of the day! Some people cheated and had boats pick them up at the bottom of the mountain. We watched them get in, and then started our... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We waited too long to try to reserve a spot on the hike offered by the Park Service - so we decided to kill two birds with one stone and pick up the trail from Little Lameshur Bay (see my Lameshur review for more info on that leg of the trail). From Lameshur, the trail gradually inclines for a long... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We tried to get on the NPS tour since we were a little worried about transportation to and from the trail head. They were booked but the friendly woman at the Friends of VI national park gave us info so we could do it on our own. We took a taxi to the trailhead and did the hike roundtrip. There... More 

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Connecticut
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

If you can, take the NPS hike on a Tuesday between December and May. On those days your hike will be led by a volunteer named Kent. He is friendly, knowledgeable on a wide variety of subjects, and finds just the right pace for the group he is leading. In addition to his descriptions of the fauna, flora and and... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We took the ranger-led hike on this trail. Learned a lot of cool history and natural info (thanks Alanah and Joe!). We packed light hikers for the trip for this reason but in retrospect I think I would have switched them out for keens. One thing to be aware of, exit boat loading is by dinghy transfer.

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Lancaster, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

with a swim and a boat ride home at the end! Towards the beginning of the hike there are some places to be very slow and careful; there's one sort-of-tough but very short up and down section; and the path and the steps to the petroglyphs at the base of the waterfall require great care. Ranger Alana Smith was very... More 

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Raleigh
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The NPS guided hike includes transport to the start of the hike, an interesting hike down roughly 900 feet of elevation over 2+ miles, visits to view petroglyphs, and a 40 minute return boat ride back to the NP Visitors Center. Our hike today was led by Alanna Smith, who did an excellent job sharing information about the various trees,... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Cannot say enough good things about this hike. Although the NPS offers a guided hike for a fee with boat pick up - we did the trial on our own. It is roughly 2.5 miles down to the bay but you can add additional mileage by detouring to the petroglyphs on the way or taking the turn off to go... More 

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Boston
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

WE loved the ruins, the old mansion, the smells of the big plants that look like philodendrons. We ended up at the beach which was awesome for snorkling...

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Bedford, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The hike was run by the National Park Service and included a taxi to the trailhead and boat back to Cruz Bay. There was a good mix of interesting trees that provided well needed shade plus some archeology sites including abandoned slave quarters, a sugar mill, and petroglyphs. The only negative was that very young children were allowed on the... More 

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