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“Down and Up” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Reef Bay Trail

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
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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.
Hockessin, Delaware
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Down and Up”
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, but we actually enjoyed being on our own instead of with 20 others.
Also, we took the petroglyphs offshoot trail (1/2 mile total). This was an easy walk,and worth it. Petroglyphs are awesome and there is a waterfall and a pool there. You could pack a lunch and settle onto a large rock to eat. Pleasant.
Also, we had a very eerie experience of actually meeting someone there who was a friend of my husband. Not only from our same state, but same community!!! Talk about weird!

Visited August 2014
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California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
40 attraction reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“A St John Must Do”
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 walking. When you reach the water a boat comes to pick you up and take you back to the beginning. When you need a break form the water and beach this is a great day.

Visited July 2014
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Mankato, Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great Hike!”
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.

Visited March 2014
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NJ
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 attraction reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Take the Ranger Hike”
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 the petroglyphs for lunch. Unfortunately the water fall was dried up. then we hike down to the bay, where we swam out to a boat ( we could have taken a dinghy like our packs did) and were transported back to Crus Bay. Great activity. Well worth the nominal cost.

Visited July 2014
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Peoria, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Not what we expected.”
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 beauty or take many pictures. We ended up at the beach nearly 2 hours early due to the fast pace. We would have enjoyed the hike more if we weren't so rushed.

Visited June 2014
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