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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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Down and up make for great hike and workout

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Boston
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

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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32 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Reef Bay Hike is moderately vigorous and very picturesque if you include the petroglyphs. Recommend this as a way to see a different side of the island. Reef Bay itself is nice but it nowhere near as beautiful as the north side of the island and the snorkeling is poor.

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Farmington, Michigan
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Most of the literature on this hike from route 10 to the south shore will tell you its a 2 or 2 1/2 hour hike one way. That all depends on how you approach it. If you meander along and read all the trail postings and investigate all the ruins, those times are accurate. If you are just blazing along... More 

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Calistoga
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11 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The Park Service offers a great deal. For $30 you get a ride to the trailhead to start a 2.5 mile downhill hike. We were escorted by a perky young ranger who told us about the history and geography of the area. The hike ends at the beach where after a picnic lunch (bring your own) a tour boat picks... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

This is awful, especially if you have teens. The only people who would enjoy this are the elderly and children under 10. 2.5 miles in 6 hours? Seems like a joke to me. You stop to talk every 5-15 minutes for 15 minutes each time, it's ridiculous! Also the place where you stop in eat is infested with bees and... More 

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Goleta, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We took a cab and were dropped off at the top of the trail. Note: Cabs will drop you off, but you have to call them to come get you. There is a bus stop nearby which you can take for $1-$2. The downside of that is you have to go where the bus goes and stop to pick up... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This trail is a great day trip. It combines lovely forest, some first growth, ruins, a side trail to ancient rock drawings and a lovely bay. It's steep and strenuous so be sure to bring food and plenty of water.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We didn't really read a lot about this trail, just that there were Petroglyphs to be seen. We set out thinking it was a small hike, and we were gone the better part of the day! Some people cheated and had boats pick them up at the bottom of the mountain. We watched them get in, and then started our... More 

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