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Reef Bay Trail

Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
+1 340-776-6201
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Worth it!

We actually took a boat charter and Reef Bay was one of our chosen stops. We swam in from the boat... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
williamsfamilycov
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Troy, Ohio
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Very Interesting / Great Hike

This hike can be strenuous coming back out so plan appropriately. Also, it is best to do this... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
sdamron2017
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Chesterton, Indiana
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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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  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

1  Thank sdamron2017
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

1  Thank Morgan D
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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

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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
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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.

Thank lisalovestotravel_11
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

This is not a walk for the out of shape or young kids. About 300 feet uphil and about 200 feet downhill through arid and wet woods. Not much to see on the way - some ruins and interesting plants. Bring plenty of water (...More

1  Thank CamillaR892
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

The hike is not very intense and is not too sunny, as it runs through. There are several ruins along the hike, including the sugar plantation ruins. The trail has some great views as you go higher up the trail. Be sure to hike to...More

1  Thank Mark M
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

The park service is not offering tours. Most trails are open on St John. They have done a great job. The larger trees have gotten a hair cut but things are greening up.

1  Thank Daniel S
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Steep descend down on first mile through well maintained shady trail. Not too difficult on the way down. The hike is worth it when you finally reach the Reef Bay beach. The hike up was another story. Pretty difficult the last mile as it gets...More

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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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