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Address: Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
Phone Number: 340 776-6201
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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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This is a must do when visiting the beautiful St.John. I would suggest doing it in the morning as it may get to hot in the afternoon. We did it in the morning while it was raining... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
JillS259
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Madison, Wisconsin

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Madison, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a must do when visiting the beautiful St.John. I would suggest doing it in the morning as it may get to hot in the afternoon. We did it in the morning while it was raining and it was absolutely perfect and so amazingly beautiful.

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Maryland
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69 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to access and a great work out. The trail is well maintained with markers detailing facts about the various trees. The petroglyphs were overrated in my opinion. However, others may find them interesting. Definitely do not wear flip flops. The hike down ends at Reef Bay and the sugar mill ruins. The hike up can be trying towards the... More 

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Delano, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This trail was a fun way to spend the day. It wasn't easy especially in the heat! We packed lots of water, snacks and sandwiches. We were still starving by the time we made it back to the car. The trail was a bit confusing, but we managed to follow it to the end. The ruins were fun to see.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did this trail down and up. Great hike that is tree covered most of the way. Great stops at old Sugar mill ruins and ( Pyraglifics ) . At the bottom go the .3 mile to beach on the right hand side for a dip before your return up hill climb.

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Parking is terrible, but the trail is excellent. Mostly down hill from the road but that being said it's a steep climb coming back. The park service offers a one way down hill trip with a park ranger and a boat ride back to Cruz Bay. It fills up quickly so you should make a reservation as early as possible... More 

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is our first visit to St John and we are loving the hiking here. We hired a cab in Cruz Bay ($14) to get us to the trailhead....quite a drive! The roads are very windy, plus it's American cars driving British roads. Not for the faint hearted. We started hiking at 10:00 and the cab driver said a bus... More 

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east coast
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

did the hike down and boat back with ranger. Was a good hike. Ranger and volunteer Joseph were very informative.

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Fairfax Station VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful hike. Loved the scenery and it had lots of shade. When you get to the bottom check out all of the hermit crabs... I've never seen so many! All size hermit crabs from the size of a pencil lead to as big as a small fist. Bring plenty of water and be prepare for a strenuous... More 

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Colorado
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101 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our third trip to St. John we opted for the ranger led hike down Reef Bay Trail and the boat ride back on the Sadie Sea with Captain Bob. Both times before we did the nearly six mile round trip both down and up, but we've never seen this side of the island by boat and wanted to get... More 

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2 Thank Ted O
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go early in the morning & you'll likely have it to yourself! The petroglyphs are a must see, this hike is strenuous and a good cardio workout!

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