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“Interesting and fun hike” 4 of 5 bubbles
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.
Nashville, Tennessee
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Interesting and fun hike”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

We did this hike with the national park guide, Kent. Kent was wonderful. We learned a ton on this hike. The hike is described as difficult, but if you are in decent shape, you could easily go down and back up without the guide. However, I do recommend having a guide at least the first time so that you learn some of the history of the trail and island.

Visited March 2014
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Interesting trail, slow pace for teens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014

Our group of 2 adults and 2 teenagers started out with high hopes as we all love to hike and even the teens like culture and history "crap" too. St. John is beautiful and it was great to learn about the native forest and plantation history and to see the petroglyphs, but the pace was too slow for us personally. We were prepared for island time but it all seemed dragged out. It was a large group of mostly seniors but the guide seemed to have a slow schedule to keep to. Ending up at Reef Bay at the plantation, which actually seemed hurried once we got there, and then the boat ride back was cool. The trail gets high recommendations but for active folks, it might be a bit slow of a pace. Of course, if we did it on our own, we'd have to come back up but I think we would have been able to handle that and move at teenager pace. Most teens I know will consider this guided hike slowish.
Tip: They recommend not walking and taking pictures at the same time and we'd second this. The trail is rough and uneven with all kinds of toe catchers. Stop to take pictures and don't hurt yourself in paradise.

Visited March 2014
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Detroit, Michigan
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice Hike!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014

Nice hike to the petroglyphs (sp) and waterfall. It's about 5 and a half miles including side trips to the waterfall. It's reasonably strenuous for your average person. Probably not bad at all for avid hikers.

Visited January 2014
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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Scenic walk, interesting history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is a very nice walk on a rough path; downhill from the trailhead to the beach; significant uphill climb on the return. Would not recommend for anyone with limited walking strength.

Visited March 2014
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PETOSKEY
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217 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Ranger Led Hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

Hiking with a National Park Ranger is a wonderful experience. You learn so much about the different plants, animals and ruins. The Petroglyphs are very mystic and calming.

Visited February 2014
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