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Reef Bay Trail

Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
+1 340-776-6201
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Great hike

We did the trail from centerline road to the bottom and back. We saw the petroglyphs (adds approx... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
daykyrie
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Albany, New York
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Favorite hike!

The Reef Bay Trail makes for a great day trip. Bring lots of water, a hat, and good walking shoes... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2018
lindatravelling
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Ohio
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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
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"hermit crabs"
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"sugar mill"
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"centerline road"
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"mostly downhill"
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"rum factory"
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"ancient petroglyphs"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We did the trail from centerline road to the bottom and back. We saw the petroglyphs (adds approx 0.45 miles) and a small waterfall as well as the sugar mill and the beach at the end. There are signs directing you to the petroglyphs which...More

Thank daykyrie
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Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

The Reef Bay Trail makes for a great day trip. Bring lots of water, a hat, and good walking shoes. You can also bring a picnic lunch- but pack light. The flora and fauna is beautiful along the trail, and there are some interesting ruins...More

Thank lindatravelling
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

We hiked to the waterfall and not all the way to the beach. Took a little over 2 hours, but we stopped some and had plenty of water. Next time we will start earlier and go all the way.

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Reviewed 20 May 2018

This is not a walk for the out of shape or young kids. About 300 feet uphil and about 200 feet downhill through arid and wet woods. Not much to see on the way - some ruins and interesting plants. Bring plenty of water (...More

1  Thank CamillaR892
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

The hike is not very intense and is not too sunny, as it runs through. There are several ruins along the hike, including the sugar plantation ruins. The trail has some great views as you go higher up the trail. Be sure to hike to...More

1  Thank Mark M
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The park service is not offering tours. Most trails are open on St John. They have done a great job. The larger trees have gotten a hair cut but things are greening up.

1  Thank Daniel S
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Steep descend down on first mile through well maintained shady trail. Not too difficult on the way down. The hike is worth it when you finally reach the Reef Bay beach. The hike up was another story. Pretty difficult the last mile as it gets...More

Thank jenniferak8
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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

Oh this hike! Stunning jungle trail. The steepest part is the first mile then it flattens out. Park service has done an amazing job maintaining this trail. We did it in 3 hours total with a good amount of beach time in the middle. Hiked...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

So I had no idea what to expect after reading the other reviews. Some people were like don't wear flip flops. Others were like its brutal...I don't know how we got out of there. Look! We are 2 mildly overweight, some times athletic couple in...More

5  Thank Danagrill
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

If you can, get on the trail early before it gets too hot because the hike back is going to be harder than you think. You do not realize how far you drop in elevation and if you start at the trail head on Center...More

1  Thank Nick V
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Shannon_FL
14 May 2017|
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Response from Angel9266 | Reviewed this property |
No, you need to hike to the Trial Head.
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cttravelgal
26 April 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. :)
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