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Reef Bay Trail

Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
+1 340-776-6201
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Would probably do it Again!

This hike was AMAZING! Now in saying that we did not do the hike with the NPS. There was 6 of us on... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2011
S-Iowa186
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Great Hike!! Went Un-Guided and on to Lameshur Trail...

We loved this hike!! If you have children or want to do the easy option - take the guided tour... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2011
GBE_in_NC
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Southern Pines, North Carolina
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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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Reviewed 15 August 2011

This hike was AMAZING! Now in saying that we did not do the hike with the NPS. There was 6 of us on the hike and the way down we took the detour seen the waterfalls. We also went down and saw the ocean. This...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2011

We loved this hike!! If you have children or want to do the easy option - take the guided tour with the NPS. If you have a group of hikers and really want to tackle a challenging hike - do what we did. Park one...More

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Reviewed 7 August 2011

HIstorically interesting but no real gorgeous views or stunning vistas. One waterfall (sort of) at the pteroglyphs. NPS guide excellent. I actually consider the Caneel Hill trail more stunning, but the Reef Bay Trail gives you more perspective into St. John's past. If you only...More

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Reviewed 14 July 2011

So glad we did this hike, and soooo glad we did it with the park service because I would not have wanted to walk back up!! Our park ranger, Golda, was very knowlegeable and told great stories about plants and trees we encountered. The hike...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2011

The way to do this hike is to make a reservation with the Park Service in advance so you can jump on a boat at the bottom of the trail, at Reef Bay. Otherwise, you're looking at a three-mile hike back to Centerline Road, almost...More

5  Thank AlexW74
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Reviewed 27 April 2011

The hike to reef bay with the NPS was great. Not as stenuous as it sounds but it is a long day. The guide, we had Golda, was knowledgeble and just very nice. I would recommend to remember to bring some kind of lunch, I...More

Thank mkear
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Reviewed 17 March 2011

Took the Reef Bay hike from Centerline with a NPS guide on March 4, 2011. The guide was highly informative when we were close enough to hear his commentary. However, with forty people moving along a narrow trail, getting close to the guide was rarely...More

2  Thank kiawahvilla
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Reviewed 3 November 2010

This is a great hike and not nearly as demanding as the guidebooks make it sound. I did the roundtrip last week from Centerline Road down to the beach and back, with a detour to the petroglyphs, in just over 2 hours. It's fairly steep...More

2  Thank chicagoflaneur
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Reviewed 5 July 2010

Bring a Lunch, Bug Spray Snorkel Gear and Water. Well worth the effort, but it is a long day. 9am till 3pm.

1  Thank Snorkelbear
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Reviewed 6 January 2010

We started from Cinnamon Bay and made the long journey to Reef Bay. We are both in decent shape, and it was still a lot of exercise. The beach at reef bay was not so great. We walked the entire beach and found most spots...More

3  Thank gunnlj28
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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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