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Reef Bay Trail

Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
+1 340-776-6201
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Difficult up easy down

The park service is not offering tours. Most trails are open on St John. They have done a great... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Daniel S
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Owego, New York
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Not for very young or elderly

Steep descend down on first mile through well maintained shady trail. Not too difficult on the way... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jenniferak8
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Detroit, Michigan
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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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“great hike” (72 reviews)
“boat ride” (57 reviews)
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Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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+1 340-776-6201
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Daniel S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Oh this hike! Stunning jungle trail. The steepest part is the first mile then it flattens out. Park service has done an amazing job maintaining this trail. We did it in 3 hours total with a good amount of beach time in the middle. Hiked...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

So I had no idea what to expect after reading the other reviews. Some people were like don't wear flip flops. Others were like its brutal...I don't know how we got out of there. Look! We are 2 mildly overweight, some times athletic couple in...More

1  Thank Danagrill
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

If you can, get on the trail early before it gets too hot because the hike back is going to be harder than you think. You do not realize how far you drop in elevation and if you start at the trail head on Center...More

Thank Nick V
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

This was over a 4 mile hike. Bring lots of water. The walk back out is a killer. We should have picked a cooler day to do it. Seen lots of nature. The falls was just a little more then a trickle but still very...More

Thank Marcia A
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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Loved this ranger led hike through the national park. Our ranger, Golda, was amazing! She was a native of the island and so knowledgeable of its history, customs, plants and trees. Golda brought along fruits from the trees we saw and we were able to...More

Thank lisa m
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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...More

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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...More

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...More

Thank mark h
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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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