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Reef Bay Trail

Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
340 776-6201
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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 »
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Goodrich, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We did the guided tour of the Reef Bay Trail, and I highly recommend this for a few reasons. This trail is treacherous, with many jagged rocks and tree roots all over the path, so unless you go guided, you will miss out as you HAVE TO watch your feet the entire time. The guided stops, with nature and history... More

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Northern Minnesota, USA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Our guide was amazing! He has been awarded volunteer of the year. He had so much information to share about the park and island itself. Take the park tour so you don't have to hike out and you get the history lesson.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We had a very long hike down the L'Esperance Trail that we thought was the Reef Trail. L'Esperance was a very long hike but the hidden ruins were awesome to discover along the way. At the end of the trail we took the Reef off shoot to the petroglyphs and the sugar mill and it was an awesome experience. Walk... More

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Cedar Park, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Medium difficulty, nice to walk through the trees, lots of shade, cool plantation ruins. Lots of hermit crabs and mongoose about.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We did this hike with the national park guide, Kent. Kent was wonderful. We learned a ton on this hike. The hike is described as difficult, but if you are in decent shape, you could easily go down and back up without the guide. However, I do recommend having a guide at least the first time so that you learn... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Our group of 2 adults and 2 teenagers started out with high hopes as we all love to hike and even the teens like culture and history "crap" too. St. John is beautiful and it was great to learn about the native forest and plantation history and to see the petroglyphs, but the pace was too slow for us personally.... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Nice hike to the petroglyphs (sp) and waterfall. It's about 5 and a half miles including side trips to the waterfall. It's reasonably strenuous for your average person. Probably not bad at all for avid hikers.

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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is a very nice walk on a rough path; downhill from the trailhead to the beach; significant uphill climb on the return. Would not recommend for anyone with limited walking strength.

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PETOSKEY
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121 reviews 121 reviews
58 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Hiking with a National Park Ranger is a wonderful experience. You learn so much about the different plants, animals and ruins. The Petroglyphs are very mystic and calming.

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McMurray, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

My wife and I did the Reef Bay Trail hike through the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park on January 23. The NPS Guide did a nice job of leading the hike and gave nice presentations at numerous stopping points regarding the plants, trees, historical ruins, and items of cultural significance. Since there are many great reviews that cover all... More

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