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Reef Bay Trail has something for everyone. A quick hike down and back can get your heart pumping... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2011
Miami Shores, Florida
Take the guided hike!

We booked a guided hike through the park services office on St John. There were a total of about... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2011
Chris N
Spring Grove, Illinois
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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 28 November 2011

Reef Bay Trail has something for everyone. A quick hike down and back can get your heart pumping, or a leisurely trip down and boat trip back to town for a completely non-strenuous experience. It passes through several ecosystems, ruins, and even "ancient" petroglyphs, and...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2011

We booked a guided hike through the park services office on St John. There were a total of about 20 people on the hike. For $23(cash) they will take you by taxi to the trail head and then bring you back by boat to the...More

1  Thank Chris N
Reviewed 3 October 2011

hiked the trail on a guided tour through the national park system. altogether I was in a group of about 20 others with one ranger as our guide. we initially wanted to do the hike as and individual group of 6 without the guide but...More

Thank racheallikesdirt
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

Thank S-Iowa186
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

Thank GBE_in_NC
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

Thank wams
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

1  Thank VAkrf
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
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
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

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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. :)