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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 Hike! Bring Plenty of Water

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Boston
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

After doing the Cinnamon Bay and Annaberg Trails we wanted to something a little longer so even though everyone told us not to go both down and back, we went anyway! It was a relatively easy 2.5 miles down - steep in places (mainly the first mile down) and rocky but not terribly difficult. Very interesting sugar mill ruins along... More 

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St. John
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30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

A quick stop at the National Park headquarters in Cruz Bay and you'll be able to make reservations for the Thursday morning guided hike down the Reef Bay trail. Taxis will pick you up at NP headquarters and deliver you to the trail head. A leisurely pace and mostly all downhill, the trail takes you past numerous natural flora as... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

We were very glad we decided to hike the Reef Bay Trail. The natural forest is beautiful and exotic. We saw many trees we had never seen before and there were many tiny little lizards (about an inch or two long) which my wife thought were "so cute". There are some ruins along the way that you can explore -... More 

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Boston
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33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The Westin concierge discouraged us from doing this hike on our own, rather than with the Park Service, but we really enjoyed it. Our family of four consists of mid 50's parents and young adult kids. We were there off-season and chose to go on a day that guided tours were not offered, so it was easy to park on... More 

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This is the second time my husband and I took this hike, which takes you from one of the highest points on the island to Reef Bay. Along the way you see--and learn--about the vegetation, wild life, sugar plantations, and petroglyphs. The park ranger was exceptional, very knowledgeable and able to keep us all moving. The hike is not easy,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This was such a good value for the money! Run by the Park Service, you are taken to the trail head. The warnings are pretty strong. But I didn't feel the trail was hard at all. Lots of rocks and roots, so you just have to watch where you walk. Our guide was Alanah. She was adorable! We stopped at... More 

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Address: 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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