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

This 2.2-mile hiking trail is one of the best on St. John: descend through...

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.

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Hiking the Reef Trail

Hiked the Reef Trail, down and up. Somewhat tough hike in places. Have to navigate over rocks. I would wear good sneakers or boots. Definitely not a place for flip flops... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
western pa
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western pa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hiked the Reef Trail, down and up. Somewhat tough hike in places. Have to navigate over rocks. I would wear good sneakers or boots. Definitely not a place for flip flops. Take some water. Probably a liter or so per person (depends on the weather). Walk down is 1 hour, back an hour and half if you are in reasonably... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you take the Reef Bay Trail to the Petroglyphs from Lameshur Bay it's about a 5 mile round trip hike. It's a moderate hike with two uphill sections. The hike is shady and the trail is very well maintained. Along the way there are fabulous views of Lameshur Bay and beyond. We found two petroglyphs, though I'm sure there... More 

2 Thank Carolyn G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are avid hikers and were intrigued by the hiking trails on St John. On an overcast day, we decided to tackle the Reef Bay Trail and while we enjoyed the Ram's Head hike more - we were glad we did this hike. As others have shared you hike down from the main road - which is an easy hike.... More 

1 Thank SweetPea
Lewisburg, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hiked from the bottom coming from the Lamishur Beach area. This was one of the most strenuous hikes we hiked on St. John. We hiked to the Petroglyphs and it was worth every minute of the hike. We were blown away by the beautiful vistas on the way to the Petroglyphs. Be prepared to wear good hiking shoes! Take... More 

1 Thank Shannon N
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting info if you're into lots of detail and a very slow hike. One thought would be to pay for the guided hike. It then do at your own pace to be able to take the boat back. Note that it doesn't come to the beach right at the end of the hike. Just before the salt factory ruins, go... More 

1 Thank sheilaoc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hiked this trail in one direction, downhill, as part of a program put on by the national park service. We hiked with about 30 people in the group with a ranger who stopped at various points and talked about the different sites on the trail, both natural as well as ruins from previous plantation growing and sugar production. The... More 

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Wayland, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was an awesome hike, but you should know a few things... There is no reception at the start of the trail, so plan ahead and know how you are getting back to your destination. The bus does come, so look into the schedule before you go. The trail starts with going down, which means that if you are coming... More 

3 Thank Hanna G
Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We spent most of the day on this hike. It is about 2.5 miles one way. It was mostly downhill on the way down to the bay which means it is mostly uphill on the way back. We passed a waterfall which was ok. The petroglyphs did not impress me. The ruins near the end of the trail were awesome.... More 

1 Thank Tracy D
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

This hike is amazing and not too long for a lot of bang for your walking. I love the views and constant breeze, this is a great family hike.

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Edina, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Four of us did the hike from the top and back up on a warm, dry December day. Overall a great hike with interesting ruins, lots of sign pointing out interesting foliage and a few critters (lizards, hermit crabs, birds, butterfly's). Expect to spend 4 hours. It's a bit over 5-miles round trip. Stuff you should know: -parking (limited) along... More 

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