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Reef Bay Trail

Address: Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
Phone Number: 340 776-6201
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Type: Hiking Trails, Trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Swimming
Owner description: This 2.2-mile hiking trail is one of the best on St. John: descend through a shady, moist forest...
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Type: Hiking Trails, Trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Swimming
Owner description: 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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Bedford, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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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Fort Worth, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We took the trail from the main road and hiked back. It is not an easy trail. I would call it strenuous, especially on the way back uphill. The educational signs along the way were nice. The waterfall near the petroglyphs wasn't flowing, but there was a freshwater pond. The trail seemed to be well maintained. Watch for hermit crabs... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I must say that hiking down from Center Line Road was very easy to the petroglyphs. Going back up was a little harder but this 61 year old gal made it! We saw four deer on the trail that you could walk as close as within 30 feet. It was a fun hike. Make sure you take water and maybe... More 

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Minnesota
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94 reviews 94 reviews
44 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We hiked the round trip down to the bay and back up to the main road. The hike is almost 100% shaded, so except for the humidity, it is quite bearable. We are pretty good hikers, and spent a total of 3 hours; This included a side trip to the petroglyphs, some time looking at the mill ruins at the... More 

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Rochester MN
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18 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We were part of a large group (25-30) led by Golda, a very capable and warm-hearted ranger. Bus drops you off up top at the trailhead and we descended slowly, stopping at several locations to learn about particular trees. Golda's area of special expertise was that of health remedies made from the plant life. She also shared a good deal... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We decided to do this trip on our own. We took the 7:30 car barge from St. Thomas over. There is parking at the top of the trail on Centerline Road for about 5 vehicles. We were the first people there. Because we went early, the trail was silent which was awesome. On our trek back around noon there was... More 

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Washington DC
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

It's easy to get beach-centric on St. John, but this hike is well worth the diversion (plus, it ends at a beach!).

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Santa Monica, CA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

You can do this in a group with the Visitors Center or on your own. It's very scenic, not too difficult and you can get a bus to taxi to the trail head.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Memories of this trail are so sweet..they carry me through tough times during the frigid East Coast winters. The smell of the trees, the ruins, the hillsides; an exotic wonderland that I enjoy hiking on each trip to St. Johns.

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NYC / London
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68 reviews 68 reviews
25 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I did the reef trail with my pregnant wife after reassurance from the park office it's doable. We found it very easy to find driving ourselves; it's at mile marker 5 and there's even a bus stop there. 15 minutes max from town. There was parking for many cars either side of the road. Looks slightly rocky but we got... More 

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