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Reef Bay Trail

Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
+1 340-776-6201
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Great ranger-led hike with a fun boat ride back at the end!

This is well-worth the extra money and advanced sign up. Plus it gets you to the National Park... read more

Reviewed June 9, 2017
Littleton, Colorado
Well worth doing!

This is a "must do" activity. Be aware that the hiking is medium difficulty and I recommend that... read more

Reviewed June 3, 2017
Delray Beach, Florida
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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
+1 340-776-6201

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Reviewed June 9, 2017

This is well-worth the extra money and advanced sign up. Plus it gets you to the National Park Visitor's Center in Cruz Bay, an interesting collection of exhibits. Our ranger (Alanna) was incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A fairly easy hike (a few rocky areas to...More

3  Thank TravelMom058_10
Reviewed June 3, 2017 via mobile

This is a "must do" activity. Be aware that the hiking is medium difficulty and I recommend that you bring hiking poles. They provide hiking sticks at the US Park Welcome Center. The briefing at the beginning of the trail was very good and our...More

1  Thank colbox
Reviewed May 29, 2017

The best and longest hike on the island with great side trips to explore nature and culture. The trail is in excellent condition.

Thank tetonamy
Reviewed May 20, 2017 via mobile

Well worth the hike! We did the trail from Lameshur Bay to meet the Reef Bay trail instead. These are amazing!

1  Thank Cometm08
Reviewed May 7, 2017

Took the hike down and back. The trip back up seemed quite long since it was the uphill part. Ruins at the bottom and hieroglyphics were interesting. Ocean view was minimal.

Thank TravelBob78
Reviewed May 4, 2017 via mobile

3 adults and 1 eight yo went on this hike during the middle of the day. Bring plenty of water and perhaps some food if you'd like because you can get hungry in the St. John sun. The hike makes for some picturesque photo ops...More

Thank Amanda K
Reviewed April 29, 2017

We are in our sixties and are not experienced hikers. We made it ok going down. When we reached the bottom there was not a soul down there. We had no choice but to head back up. I don't know how we made it. We...More

1  Thank Cindy E
Reviewed April 29, 2017

In the Hiking Guide for the Virgin Islands, the Reef Bay Trail is listed as strenuous. Actually, it really is, but it's also beautiful and enjoyable because of the various sugar mill ruins along the way. As long as you plan ahead (water, good hiking...More

Thank Merclady
Reviewed April 27, 2017 via mobile

Going down is cool under the trees. A few steep parts in the first half mile down. The trail off to the petroglyphs is easy to miss. If you get to the next trail split sign after the wash, you have gone about 50 yards...More

Thank Cary S
Reviewed April 26, 2017

After a couple of days drinking painkillers and sitting on beautiful beaches, I needed some exercise and decided a run on Reef Bay Trail would be the answer, about 5 miles. If I recall, the trail-head is right at mile marker 5 on Centerline Road...More

1  Thank ROBII
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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. :)