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.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
Phone Number: 340 776-6201
Website
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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 317 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 229
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Time travel

See St John as the Arawaks saw the island. There are Petroglyphs a thousand or more years old.Then a little further on down is a Sugarmill ruin. At the end of the trail is a quiet... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Glorifindal
,
Apopka, Florida
Add Photo Write a Review

317 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 316: English reviews
Apopka, Florida
Level Contributor
34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

See St John as the Arawaks saw the island. There are Petroglyphs a thousand or more years old.Then a little further on down is a Sugarmill ruin. At the end of the trail is a quiet lonely tranquil bay. You can only get to it by hiking in. My hike was a little under 1 hour each way ( not... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Glorifindal
Level Contributor
15 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went with a friend to do the hike with a national park ranger! It was very nice and we both learnt a lot of things. The group doing the hike was friendly and the ranger made sure to keep everyone in a happy mood. Worth doing with the park rangers.

Helpful?
Thank Caroline S
Atlanta, Georgia
Level Contributor
22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I are in our early thirties and active individuals. I only say this as I will describe the "intensity of the hike." The hike is rated as "strenuous." The total hike took us about 3 hours as we roamed around the sugar mill ruins for awhile, sat at the beach at the bottom for about 15 minutes... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank travelbug3311
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Finally after four vacations to St. John I finally did the Reef Bay Trail hike and saw St. John's iconic petroglyphs. After reading some of the other reviews about going with the National Park Service or on your own and how to get there- I want to point out that the Reef Bay Trail is actually one of the bus... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Michelle G
Cranford
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take this hike with a ranger. They drive you to the trailhead and stop and show you interesting things along the trail (otherwise it could just be a hot sticky hike). The highlight is the waterfall area with the petroglyphs made by the early natives. You can see a sugarcane processing center too (very old one). If you go with... More 

Helpful?
Thank njtraveler442
NYC
Level Contributor
105 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I opted to enjoy this hike with an NPS ranger guide, both for the educational component and for the transportation. Rather than have to drive to the trailhead or take a taxi, the NPS takes you there and then returns you to their Visitor Center via a lovely boat ride. So no hiking back up, either! I believe our guide... More 

Helpful?
Thank rustymambo
Ridgefield, Connecticut
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

The Reef Bay Trail Can be done on your own or with a guide from the National Park Service. If you go on your own, you will park to the side of the road near the trailhead and hike three miles downhill. And up again. If you go with the NPS, you will pay $40, every penny worth it. Not... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank cubfanjim
PA
Level Contributor
103 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

This is a long hike and all uphill on the return visit. Hoped to join the National Park Service for the guided hike and a boat ride but it was full so decided to go on our own. Started out about 7 am to avoid the heat as much as possible. Hike down was great. Petroglyphs are worth the small... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank kklammers
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Level Contributor
27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016

This is a great hike that includes Petroglyphs and the ruins of a sugar mill. Bring plenty of water and leave yourself time it is mostly uphill on the return which may challenge a hiker used to flat trails.

Helpful?
Thank Missionjas
McKinney, Texas
Level Contributor
50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

We reserved the hike through the NPS so that we could catch the boat ride back. The hike itself was long, but doable and not overly strenuous (it's all downhill!). Very interesting as we learned about the various plants, trees and animals/insects along the way. Toward the end, we stopped at the petroglyphs and had lunch. Bring lots of water... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Brandiebb

Travelers who viewed Reef Bay Trail also viewed

St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Reef Bay Trail and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Reef Bay Trail staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?