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“As if you are Hiking in a Rain Forest”
Review of Reef Bay Trail

Reef Bay Trail
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 10 August 2017

A very quiet and peaceful Hike in the summer months. Make sure you allow time in your day to swim and snorkel before heading back up to the top. If you are opting out of having the boat pick you up at the end, please know that the hike back up is difficult. In the summer with the humidity, it can put a toll on even those that are more athletic.

Thank tonyaandray
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"guided hike"
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"great hike"
in 74 reviews
"boat ride"
in 57 reviews
"park service"
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"hermit crabs"
in 42 reviews
"sugar mill"
in 66 reviews
"centerline road"
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"mostly downhill"
in 9 reviews
"bring lots of water"
in 14 reviews
"great workout"
in 12 reviews
"park ranger"
in 17 reviews
"rum factory"
in 5 reviews
"ancient petroglyphs"
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"small waterfall"
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"sadie sea"
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"steam engine"
in 4 reviews
"don't wear flip flops"
in 4 reviews

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Reviewed 27 July 2017

Park your car at the trailhead and head down. The trail down is steep but easy to manage. Along the way there are markers for tree species and ruins. A side trip to the petroglyphs is worth doing. At the end is a ruin of a sugar factory and an amazing beach with the warmest water we have felt on the island. The hike back up makes you not feel so bad about the Painkillers coming later.

Worth doing.

1  Thank jgregb
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

We enjoyed getting to walk through a part of the island that we mainly only drove through which was the mountainous jungle. It was very warm and went in the morning. We walked only down to the Petroglyphs and back up since we wanted to do something different in the afternoon. The Petroglyphs were interesting but even though it had rained the day before there was no kind of waterfall at all. We enjoyed the various signs telling about the trees along the trail. Watch out for spider webs across the path. There are some massive spiders that built huge webs that I almost walked into. If you want to make it a full day thing take a lunch and swim at the bottom or go with NPS guides and take the boat back to Cruz Bay.

Thank mark h
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

This trail has an elevation change from 1,1,00 ft down to sea level and then back up. Be prepared for heat and humidity. Carry water and snacks. It is a great hike but took up most of our 1 day trip to St. John. There are no restrooms. The petroglyphs and sugar mill plantation ruins were awe inspiring. You will only see a waterfall after heavy rains, other wise it is just a trickle of water. On the trail we saw crabs and deer. There are several stopping points with descriptions of trees and of the different plantation ruins. The entrance to the trail is not marked well (you will drive right by the sign if you are not paying attention) . There are only a few places to park on the side of the steep winding road.

Thank Dawn B
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

The National Park Service offers this fabulous hike from the middle of the island (you are ferried there by a taxi service) hike down through the various biomes on the island with frequent stops to share what you are seeing. About 2/3rds of the way down you take a short side trip to see the petroglyphs and the fresh water pool. The trip finishes with a self guided walk through the ruins of a sugar mill and the opportunity to dip in the Caribbean to cool off. The Sadie Sea picks you up from the beach and takes you back to the Visitor Center. For $40 per person you have your transportation (including a boat ride), a hike and history. I have personally gone on this hike 4 times and would do it again.

Thank PamK1
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