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We took the 7am ferry from St Thomas and arrived at the trail about 745. The hike down was fine. I... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Chehalis, Washington
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This is a fantastic hike, we went down to the beach and there is literally nobody there. The... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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.
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We took the 7am ferry from St Thomas and arrived at the trail about 745. The hike down was fine. I noticed that many folks hiked to the petroglyphs and then turned around and headed back up. It’s not that much farther to the Sugar...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a fantastic hike, we went down to the beach and there is literally nobody there. The snorkeling was fantastic. And the hike out was a great way to burn off some Bud Lights. I would highly recommend this moderately strenuous hike as a...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We did our first reef bay hike and loved it. You get so much history and scenery on this hike. Don’t miss an opportunity to see the old cane factory and the petroglyphs. The beach is pretty cool too.

Thank 994coreyb
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is our second time doing this trail, first one was in 2010, it was much easier on the trail at that time but there still plenty of shade to rest under. Love looking at the petroglyphs and the waterfall about 45 minutes in. We...More

Thank samAAsc
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

We actually took a boat charter and Reef Bay was one of our chosen stops. We swam in from the boat, carrying shoes and towels etc in dry bags. We then hiked from the bottom to the ruins and on to the petroglyphs. The waterfall...More

1  Thank williamsfamilycov
Reviewed 22 July 2018

This hike can be strenuous coming back out so plan appropriately. Also, it is best to do this early in the morning. I have normally started around 7:00 or 8:00 a.m. Because of the hurricane, there is much less foliage cover. It is starting to...More

2  Thank sdamron2017
Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

I loved this trail. It had many neat markers and lots of hermit crabs! We went to the petroglyphs and waterfall also, and that was still cool even with the waterfall being only a trickle. Going up was definitely more difficult however. If you are...More

2  Thank morgandulitz
Reviewed 15 July 2018 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
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

1  Thank lindatravelling
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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14 May 2017|
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Response from Angel9266 | Reviewed this property |
No, you need to hike to the Trial Head.
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. :)