We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Reef Bay Trail

Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
340 776-6201
Website
Improve this listing
Type: Trails, Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking, Swimming
Traveler Description: The Reef Bay Trail--It's downhill all the way, and can be slippery, so don't wear flip-flops.  Great overgrown plantation ruins, old walls defining... more »
Write a Review

158 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    110
    35
    11
    2
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
New York City, New York
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Over the years, we've taken this hike with several Park Rangers. This year we were surprised that a volunteer from a local nonprofit, Friends of the VINP, was leading the trip instead of the experienced Ranger who was also on the trip, Golda (praised in other reviews). It appears from what we heard later that FVINP has completely taken over... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
St. Petersburg, Florida
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Nice hike with lots of information. The waterfall and petroglyphs were great. Having information along the way really enhanced our appreciation for the history of the island.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I did this trial both ways, down and back up. Here are a few notes: This is a trail that requires you to constantly watch your step. Bring more water than you think need - especially if you are planning to hike back up. (at least 2 liters/ person) Do NOT miss the petroglyphs. If you are not in good... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Hockessin, Delaware
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The Reef Bay trail is a real nice hike. It is rocky, you need at minimum sneaks. Hiking shoes would be ideal. We did this on our own as the escorted tour was full. It would have been nice to have someone give us the local history of the ruins along the way, and the sugar mill at the end,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
California
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
40 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is a great ranger led hike. You take a taxi to the top of the trail and hike down to the water. Along the way you learn about trees, spiders, insects, plants, petroglyphs, ruins, birds. Our guide knew about everything! You learn about many aspects of the island and its natural and human history. Bring lunch and water, wear... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mankato, Minnesota
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a great trail for those who love the outdoors! There are many ruins along the trail including petroglyphs, rock gates, living quarters and finally an old sugar mill at the end of the trail. There is also a gorgeous beach through the trees near the mill. I would not recommend this trail if traveling with small children.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
NJ
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We went on a great ranger led hike on this trail. I think they only do it on Mondays. We met at the NP headquarters in Cruz Bay where they taxied us to the trail head where we hiked down with the rangers pointing out all kinds of interesting facts about the plants, trees, wildlife, and history. We stopped at... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Peoria, Illinois
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The hike was quite challenging with plenty hills and valleys and the trail was filled with loose rocks and ruts to navigate...but the biggest challenge was keeping up with Ranger Don Near. He walked the trail so fast, we all fell behind which made the hike very stressful. We felt terribly rushed and didn't have enough time to enjoy the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Elkhart, Indiana
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The petroglyphs at the bottom of this hike are very cool. I'd love to see the waterfall flowing, but the reflecting pool was full. The hike back up is tough but all the sights (beach and sugar mill ruins) make it well worth it. Stay hydrated, don't hike hungry, and you'll be fine!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
The Woodlands
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
64 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Unfortunately, I didn't make reservations for the guided tour far enough in advance so we had to hike on our own. The beginning is beautiful and shaded. We didn't go al the way to the beach because we were going to hike the Le Esperanza trail next door. The home we rented was near the end of the trail so... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Reef Bay Trail also viewed

Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
Cruz Bay, St. John
 
Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
 

Been to Reef Bay Trail? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Reef Bay Trail, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing