Hiking Trails in St. John

Top Hiking Trails in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Hiking Trails in St. John

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  • Chrissy R
    71 contributions
    We hiked Reef Bay Train in the morning and Ram Head in the afternoon. We definitely liked Ram Head better. Not only was it easier in the heat but the views the whole time were stunning.
    Written July 19, 2022
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  • Ocean 215
    47 contributions
    This is a great trail hike to honeymoon beach. We started at USVI park office. We parked along the side of the road and hiked down. The trail is rocky and has many roots so wear proper footwear. The trail is uphill on the way back and we were glad we were not in flip flops. Beautiful and mostly shaded. Honeymoon beach was well worth the hike. It was beautiful and not very busy. That being said, we were told there was food and rentals there and they were closed on the day we visited. Pack food and drinks. The view is worth it.
    Written July 24, 2022
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  • richard p
    Freehold, NJ14 contributions
    Easy walk, no bugs
    Beach is rocks with some places to sit
    No sand. No ocean access
    Cute rock characters. As long as you are in the neighborhood why not.
    Written April 4, 2022
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  • Dave K
    Overland Park, KS24 contributions
    This was a very enjoyable hike - but tough! We started around 0945 and finished around noon. Bring plenty of water and it was quite hot on the way back (weather was mid 80's most of the way). The ruins were amazing at the bottom of the trail and the petroglyphs are not to be missed! (The fresh water pool was extremely low as the area hasn't had a good rain in almost 2 months). Saw a bit of wildlife (deer, mongoose, snakes) but all very pleasant and a few lizards accomodated our pictures! Don't miss the HUGE bee colony in the steam room of the large mill! Spent a few minutes in the ocean before heading back. We didn't have a car so we safari/taxid to the trail head and ended up waiting about 35 minutes for the island bus and rode back to Cruz Bay. It was about 5 miles total (with the petroglyphs).
    Written July 4, 2022
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  • stb3
    Philadelphia38 contributions
    We snorkeled many sites in St. John. Brown Bay was one of the better sites. Many places are dead after Irma and will take years to recover. The best sites are reached by boat and are very worth the trip. We went to Brown bay by boat, and snorkeled waaaay out to the left (if you are facing the water). Most people wouldn’t snorkel as far as we did from land. It was very beautiful! Not dead, lots of life, coral, fish, we saw a snake eel. It was great!
    Written April 3, 2019
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  • JamesM-n-KC
    Overland Park, KS6 contributions
    The Virgin Islands National Park on St. John is a beautiful must-see for those with at least most of a day to devote to reaching (for most by taking the ferry from St. Thomas to St. John - an enjoyable and easy experience in and of itself) and hiking. The heights in the park (Centerline Road/Highway 10 traces) are highly shaded quasi-rain forest. The low level regions are semi-desert with saguaro like cacti protecting the entry points to what appear to vast stretches of uninhabited and unspoiled shoreline. I hiked down from the trailhead on Reef Bay Trail, hit the spur for the Petroglyphs, examined the plantation ruins, reached the beach, then crossed over to the L'Esperance Trail for the climb back up. It is all wonderful, to include a few clearings in the foliage that provide open sea vistas. As others note, it can be a rugged bit of hiking (I found the beginning/bottom of L'Esperance enjoyably challenging), and is best approached early in the day. Do wear insect repellant, bring sun block and water, and wear good hiking shoes - the trails, even when rough, are still navigable wearing shorts.
    Written June 3, 2019
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  • ryrybank
    Baltimore, MD88 contributions
    The Caneel Hill Trail was a great workout to start our day. The views from the Caneel Hill Overlook were fantastic but it's worth it to continue the additional stretch to enjoy views from the boulders at Margaret Hill. At that point, we reversed the hike and connected with the Upper Lind Point trail to get back to town. This route took us about 1.5 hours and covered 3.4 miles with ~850 ft of elevation gain.
    Written February 17, 2019
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  • Peter R
    Boston, MA2,215 contributions
    At the far end of the Waterlemon beach, the Johnny Horn trail is one of my favorites because it offers two sets of ruins early on the hike. The first set has a nice arch which makes for splendid photo ops. Much of the vegetation is gone so it feels much more open than it used to be but that will grow back eventually.
    Written February 19, 2019
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  • TravellingDuo53
    Beavercreek, OH93 contributions
    I was in St. John for a week with my wife. I was trying to prepare for an upcoming mountaineering trip and was looking for some challenging hiking terrain. The National Park Service trail guide does not list most of the existing trials and the ones it lists are not described in any useful way. Trail Bandit is a guide made by a native that gives excellent detailed information on all the trials on St. John. I wanted to transverse the midsection of the Island going from Maho Bay to Lameshur bay and do its twice. The Maria Hope trail is not clearly marked but if you park in Maho Bay and walk back towards the "hairpin turn" 100 yards before the bay you will see a drainage ditch going into the woods. If you walk 10 feet into the woods the trail is clearly evident on the right. It is a steep climb to Centerline road over 0.8 miles. At the top, the Reef Bay Trail is across Centerline Rd. Slightly to the right. If you follow this trail it will take you down to the South side. You pass through some ruins of previous plantations and then come onto beautiful Lameshur beach and bay. If you do go I would highly recommend the Trail Bandit Guide which is quite detailed both in it's descriptions and in its topographical map. You will also need about 1 liter per hour of water since you will be sweating profusely. I got my Trail Bandit guide from the coffee shop/ bookstore adjacent to the Star Market in Cruz Bay. The Maria Hope trail is narrow and primitive. The Reef Bay Trail is a highway by comparison.
    Written January 15, 2015
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  • RoelR
    Wuustwezel, Belgium1,485 contributions
    As an avid snorkler, I ofcourse wanted to try out the Underwater trail. It starts fairly close to the shore, and will take you about half way of the island. Some of the sign are not easy to read any more, and will need a cleaning. There were lots of fishes, rays and even squids.
    Written December 12, 2019
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  • Jon M
    83 contributions
    Short, easy hike just across the street from Cinnamon Bay Beach. We loved getting up close to the old sugar plantation ruins and reading the nature trail signage sprinkled all throughout the loop.

    Note that the nature trail loop continues beyond the paved portion of the trail. Look for the loop to continue as a narrow unpaved trail in between two buildings in the southwest corner (this seems unaligned with the trail map sign). You’ll know you’re heading the right way when you shortly arrive at another nature trail information sign. The natural trail loops around and dumps you out on the southeast corner of paved trail. The entire loop is probably a mile or so.

    Definitely check this out prior to your beach day as long as you don’t have much to carry!
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • Eric F
    Fort Myers, FL139 contributions
    If you take the boardwalk instead of going directly to the beach from the parking lot or walk nearly all the way down the beach, you will come to a shaded picnic bench that is almost never occupied. When I was there with my family, we could see large, green turtles poking their heads above the water. We also snorkeled with them. This area is very secluded and is very beautiful. There are definitely bugs, so bring repellent. If you hike the full trail, you will also get to the bench. This area is great and genuinely my favorite beach on St. John and I loved seeing turtles, frigatebirds, and pelicans. Highly recommended.
    Written December 29, 2020
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  • zgshaw
    El Jebel, CO87 contributions
    The spine of the island runs West to East through the beautiful interior of the island. This trail drops from the spine down to a beautiful and calm bay. At the trailhead, there is not a lot of places to park the Jeep, which doesn't matter much since there are not a lot of people using this trail. The trail runs 1.2 miles to the beach below and starts down from the first step. I'm 65 with a good stride, it took me 38 minutes to the beach. What surprised me is that it took me 30 minutes back up. This trail is a bit narrower than many on the island, a bit more overgrown. I would highly recommend much better footwear than sandals as the trail is fairly rocky and there are a plethora of hiker tripping roots spanning this track. About 1/3 of the way down you gain a fantastic view of the bay and coast line, with many glimpses the rest of the way down. There is a great selection of plant life, and many colorful butterflies, but I was surprised that there were not more birds. It helped to stand still for a bit to entice them out of their hides, but I didn't see many. I mentioned that this trail was a bit overgrown when I took it, as opposed to the nice wide and clear Lind Point trail. I brushed through some sections of tall grass, small palms, and all was good, except. There was one plant which was very prevalent on this trail. It looks soft and feathery, completely innocuous. It looks a bit fern like, flat leaves, about the size of an average hand, 12 or 14 side leaflets radiating out from a central spine. The leaves are all laying horizontally, somewhat layered. I am unsure of the common name, I lovingly called this bush/tree the "blood sucking hat tree" bush. Those soft leaves hide a host of the sharpest spines that I have come across. Simply brushing softly past the branches, and my arms and legs were punctured and bloody. I was in short pants and short sleeve shirt, but I don't think that anything short of Kevlar would have helped. Once you recognize this tree for what it is, avoidance was fairly easy, but a couple of times, watching my step, I had my ball cap pulled right off of my head and hovered there over the trail (hence the hat tree name).
    Once you reach the beach, you will see a few jeeps. This beach is accessible by a fairly rough 4 wheel road from the Salt Pond area. The beach was rocky, peaceful, uncrowded and lovely. I snorkeled the east side of the bay to limited success. The visibility was not good the week I visited this beautiful island. Oh, one more warning. On the inland side of this beach, there is a rim of low lying ground cover, which I made the mistake of walking in. My shoes (luckily not in sandals) were covered in Cheerio sized burrs, nearly as sharp as the spines on the Blood sucking hat tree. Avoid this fauna at all costs, the burrs are a pain (literally) to remove.
    The day I hiked this trail, I was the only one. I saw no other humans on the trail until the beach. By the time you seek this trail, the amazing clubs and trail crews might have widened it a bit, otherwise a machete would be a nice fashion accessory
    Written January 17, 2019
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