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Great Trail

GREAT trail that leads to petroglyphs and also sugar ruins and basically your own private beach... read more

Reviewed January 11, 2019
Rockville, Maryland
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A Long Hike But Worth It

I hiked the whole trail, 2.5 miles each way to the beach and back. It can, at times, be a... read more

Reviewed December 26, 2018
Oneonta, 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.
Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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Reviewed January 11, 2019 via mobile

GREAT trail that leads to petroglyphs and also sugar ruins and basically your own private beach. WEAR SHOES, Not sandals. It’s a few miles in each direction and the hike back is STEEP! I recommend grabbing Sandwiches and eating down at the beach and hanging...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank jax7585
Reviewed December 26, 2018

I hiked the whole trail, 2.5 miles each way to the beach and back. It can, at times, be a strenuous climb especially on the way back to the parking area but it's worth it. There are some ruins along the way of old sugar...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank jbains
Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

We took the 7am ferry from St Thomas and arrived at the trail about 745. The hike down was fine. I noticed that many folks hiked to the petroglyphs and then turned around and headed back up. It’s not that much farther to the Sugar...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

This is a fantastic hike, we went down to the beach and there is literally nobody there. The snorkeling was fantastic. And the hike out was a great way to burn off some Bud Lights. I would highly recommend this moderately strenuous hike as a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 4, 2018 via mobile

We did our first reef bay hike and loved it. You get so much history and scenery on this hike. Don’t miss an opportunity to see the old cane factory and the petroglyphs. The beach is pretty cool too.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed December 3, 2018

This is our second time doing this trail, first one was in 2010, it was much easier on the trail at that time but there still plenty of shade to rest under. Love looking at the petroglyphs and the waterfall about 45 minutes in. We...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

We actually took a boat charter and Reef Bay was one of our chosen stops. We swam in from the boat, carrying shoes and towels etc in dry bags. We then hiked from the bottom to the ruins and on to the petroglyphs. The waterfall...More

Date of experience: August 2018
4  Thank williamsfamilycov
Reviewed July 22, 2018

This hike can be strenuous coming back out so plan appropriately. Also, it is best to do this early in the morning. I have normally started around 7:00 or 8:00 a.m. Because of the hurricane, there is much less foliage cover. It is starting to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank sdamron2017
Reviewed July 20, 2018 via mobile

I loved this trail. It had many neat markers and lots of hermit crabs! We went to the petroglyphs and waterfall also, and that was still cool even with the waterfall being only a trickle. Going up was definitely more difficult however. If you are...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank morgandulitz
Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

We did the trail from centerline road to the bottom and back. We saw the petroglyphs (adds approx 0.45 miles) and a small waterfall as well as the sugar mill and the beach at the end. There are signs directing you to the petroglyphs which...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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May 14, 2017|
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Response from Angel9266 | Reviewed this property |
No, you need to hike to the Trial Head.
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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Late Dec 2010-Trip report-our faves (2 Replies)
Had a long overdue vacation at Maho Bay Camp for a week in late Dec 2010 Just wanted to briefly note our faves, in case others may be interested Seems like our activities mostly revolved around snorkeling, hiking & eating-so here's what we liked best in those areas- South Haulover-best snorkeling for sure.Great corals, fish, nurse sharks, etc Calm water, few peops North Shore beaches were red flagged during most of our stay, thus no snorkeling at our usuals on the north. Rough surf, high...More
January 01, 2011|
Response fromverellen25|
Thank you for your report!
Pure bliss - Trip Report (1/26 - 2/5) (13 Replies)
I so love reading about other people’s adventures so I thought I’d share ours. This was our 5th trip to St John. We’re a family of four from Chicago with two kids – ages 4 & 7. We had an absolutely perfect trip. The only thing to make it better would have been to make it longer. Day 1 – Travel Day. Traveled from Chicago to Charlotte to STT. Just a little delay out of Charlotte and all our luggage arrived. Yay! Had arranged Bazile for our taxi and he got us to the Red Hook ferry in comfort...More
February 15, 2011|
Response fromDonaldFagen|
Thanks for sharing your wonderful time. 5 days and counting for us until we get back to STJ. So excited it's hard to fall asleep at night. It sounds like you had a great and relaxing trip.
Russell N J
Franklin, Tennessee, United States
Reef Bay trail (2 Replies)
Has anyone done the reef bay trail on there own? Can someone fit get down to the beach and back with relative ease? Is there parking at the trail head?
September 21, 2014|
Response fromHeidi F|
I don't know if I would use the term "with relative ease", but yes, it's very doable if you're in decent shape. Just remember to bring LOTS of water.