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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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A great workout with a beach as a reward at the end!

Most of the literature on this hike from route 10 to the south shore will tell you its a 2 or 2 1/2 hour hike one way. That all depends on how you approach it. If you meander... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Farmington, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Reef Bay Hike is moderately vigorous and very picturesque if you include the petroglyphs. Recommend this as a way to see a different side of the island. Reef Bay itself is nice but it nowhere near as beautiful as the north side of the island and the snorkeling is poor.

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Farmington, Michigan
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Most of the literature on this hike from route 10 to the south shore will tell you its a 2 or 2 1/2 hour hike one way. That all depends on how you approach it. If you meander along and read all the trail postings and investigate all the ruins, those times are accurate. If you are just blazing along... More 

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Calistoga
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The Park Service offers a great deal. For $30 you get a ride to the trailhead to start a 2.5 mile downhill hike. We were escorted by a perky young ranger who told us about the history and geography of the area. The hike ends at the beach where after a picnic lunch (bring your own) a tour boat picks... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

This is awful, especially if you have teens. The only people who would enjoy this are the elderly and children under 10. 2.5 miles in 6 hours? Seems like a joke to me. You stop to talk every 5-15 minutes for 15 minutes each time, it's ridiculous! Also the place where you stop in eat is infested with bees and... More 

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Goleta, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We took a cab and were dropped off at the top of the trail. Note: Cabs will drop you off, but you have to call them to come get you. There is a bus stop nearby which you can take for $1-$2. The downside of that is you have to go where the bus goes and stop to pick up... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This trail is a great day trip. It combines lovely forest, some first growth, ruins, a side trail to ancient rock drawings and a lovely bay. It's steep and strenuous so be sure to bring food and plenty of water.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
24 helpful votes 24 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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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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