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“Interesting and Informative Hike”
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.
United States
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Interesting and Informative Hike”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

This hike is almost all down hill, so even for a non-hiker it is a fairly easy jaunt. The guide provided walking sticks for those who wanted to use them. Our tour group was about 30 and included people of all ages. I felt like we were a little rushed through the hike and would have liked a little more time to enjoy the flora and fauna. Our guide was excellent and pointed out many different trees, told us about the plantations that were on the island at one time. At the end of the hike we had a short time to swim before the boat came to pick us up to return to the park headquarters. You do not have to pay for a tour to enhoy the Reef Bay Trail, but if you do not, then when you get to the beach, you must turn around and hike uphill over the same traiil. There is not much parking at the trail head.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank MotherMayEye
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St. Thomas
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17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Excellent from St Thomas resident”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is one of the challenging but the best hikes in St. John. I have read that it was ranked as one of the 10 best hikes in Caribbean by Caribbean Travel + life magazine.

The hike on the way back is up the hill and could be hard for some people. If you dont want to hike back, you can call Park Service and they can come and pick you up on the boat from the bay.

You can see petroglyphs and sugar factory ruins at the end.

You can watch this video to get more information about the hike: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMu9Bg5hq70&feature=youtu.be

Visited July 2013
5 Thank Tkon
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Columbia, South Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great hike”
Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Really nice hike to the petroglyphs. We did not have a ranger guide us but it was still a fun time. A little strenuous for some of our older (early 60s) friends but most wouldn't have a big problem finishing it. Petroglyphs were great and splash water on them to see them better

Visited July 2013
Thank Michael L
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Beaufort, SC
Level 6 Contributor
409 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Great hike!”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We hiked the Reef Bay Trail to the petroglyphs and then back up the hill. It is not an easy hike, but seeing the petroglyphs made it worth the effort. Go early in the morning before it gets hot.

Visited July 2013
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fun for some...”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

The non-beach goers on our party really enjoyed this down hill walk thru the forests of St John. However, others couldn't wait to get back into the water. The guide was knowledgeable and a lot of fun....but if a member of the group is a slow hiker then it can result in a very slow hike. The beach at the end of the route is very rocky...but it was fun swimming to the ship that returns you to St. John (this swim was optional, but it looked better than getting stuffed in a little dingy). Yes, you need to make reservations about 1 week ahead of time, at least in the summer. There was no problem coming from St Thomas, just make sure you are on the 8am ferry. All in all, I think a day at the beautiful St John beaches might have been better...or just spend more than 1 day.

Visited June 2013
Thank Glenn C
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