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Reef Bay Trail

Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
+1 340-776-6201
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Favorite hike!

The Reef Bay Trail makes for a great day trip. Bring lots of water, a hat, and good walking shoes... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
lindatravelling
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Ohio
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Great hike for those that are in shape

We hiked to the waterfall and not all the way to the beach. Took a little over 2 hours, but we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lisalovestotravel_11
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Birmingham, Alabama
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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.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Reef Bay Trail makes for a great day trip. Bring lots of water, a hat, and good walking shoes. You can also bring a picnic lunch- but pack light. The flora and fauna is beautiful along the trail, and there are some interesting ruins...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hiked to the waterfall and not all the way to the beach. Took a little over 2 hours, but we stopped some and had plenty of water. Next time we will start earlier and go all the way.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not a walk for the out of shape or young kids. About 300 feet uphil and about 200 feet downhill through arid and wet woods. Not much to see on the way - some ruins and interesting plants. Bring plenty of water (...More

1  Thank CamillaR892
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Reviewed May 2, 2018

The hike is not very intense and is not too sunny, as it runs through. There are several ruins along the hike, including the sugar plantation ruins. The trail has some great views as you go higher up the trail. Be sure to hike to...More

1  Thank Mark M
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Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

The park service is not offering tours. Most trails are open on St John. They have done a great job. The larger trees have gotten a hair cut but things are greening up.

1  Thank Daniel S
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Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

Steep descend down on first mile through well maintained shady trail. Not too difficult on the way down. The hike is worth it when you finally reach the Reef Bay beach. The hike up was another story. Pretty difficult the last mile as it gets...More

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Reviewed March 20, 2018 via mobile

Oh this hike! Stunning jungle trail. The steepest part is the first mile then it flattens out. Park service has done an amazing job maintaining this trail. We did it in 3 hours total with a good amount of beach time in the middle. Hiked...More

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

So I had no idea what to expect after reading the other reviews. Some people were like don't wear flip flops. Others were like its brutal...I don't know how we got out of there. Look! We are 2 mildly overweight, some times athletic couple in...More

5  Thank Danagrill
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Reviewed February 28, 2018

If you can, get on the trail early before it gets too hot because the hike back is going to be harder than you think. You do not realize how far you drop in elevation and if you start at the trail head on Center...More

1  Thank Nick V
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Reviewed January 30, 2018

This was over a 4 mile hike. Bring lots of water. The walk back out is a killer. We should have picked a cooler day to do it. Seen lots of nature. The falls was just a little more then a trickle but still very...More

Thank Marcia A
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Shannon_FL
May 14, 2017|
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Response from Angel9266 | Reviewed this property |
No, you need to hike to the Trial Head.
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cttravelgal
April 26, 2017|
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Response from Angel9266 | Reviewed this property |
It's in the visitor center. When you get off the ferry, you can drive to it within 5-8 mins. Make your reservations as early as possible. The tour is pretty popular and informative. Have fun. :)
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