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“Great value and great fun”
Review of Reef Bay Trail

Reef Bay Trail
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Owner description: 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.
Avon, Connecticut
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30 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great value and great fun”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Knowledgeable guide, easy pace,with lots of stops along the trail, easy walking. Beautiful beach and pleasant boat trip back.

Visited January 2013
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Lakewood, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Good hike”
Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

I don't have much to add but to reiterate that it is very important to bring water and good shoes if you're going uphill. This is a strenuous hike back up. Great views.

1 Thank ouuga
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St. John
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“The most popular hike on St. John...”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

...is also one of the best. Reef Bay Trail, Ram Head, and Caneel Hill are the three must do hikes on the island. The trail starts off at Centerline Rd which, believe it or not, is roughly right in the center of the island. It is down hill from the road to the shoreline of Reef Bay on the southern part of the island. If you go on a guided hike through VINP you can get picked up in a boat (Sadie Sea) on the bottom or if you are on your own and in decent shape hiking back up the trail is a great workout. Along the way you will see a lot of St. John's historical remains including the famed petrogylphs carved in the rock side of a sometimes waterfall. The trail is well worth your time if you are interested in seeing some of the historical side of the island and/or looking for a good workout and hike.

Visited February 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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179 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Great hike with plenty to see”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

This hike starts from the inner road that runs from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay (as opposed to the coast road). It is close to mile marker 5. There is a sign so it's hard to miss. The St John Off The Beaten Track book includes useful info about this hike and other hikes on the island. The hike is about 5 miles roundtrip and took us about 2.5hrs total (we're in good shape and we hiked back up very fast because of rain). The first 0.5 mile or so is pretty steep and rocky but the rest of the trail is less steep and the terrain is more level. This hike is about enjoying the journey not necessarily the destination. Along the hike there are cool trees, petroglyphs, possibly a waterfall, and plenty of ruins. Reef Bay at the end of the trail isn't that special. It's a small beach and when we were there the water was rough.

Visited December 2012
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“Downhill only !”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Book the trail hike with the National Park Service and it's downhill only - a boat picks you up for the trip back to Cruz Bay. The hike is much better with the NPS ranger's narrative and it's a fairly easy 3 mile hike downhill - not a paved road, but not strenuous.
Very interesting, with a stop at the petroglyphs and the sugar mill ruins. Then take a dip before boarding for the return to Cruz Bay. I found info about available dates and cost at the NPS site.

Visited December 2012
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