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Address: Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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+1 340-776-6201

This 2.2-mile hiking trail is one of the best on St. John: descend through...

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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Nice shady hike

We did they hike down and up with 2 teenagers in 3 hrs inc some time at the petroglyphs and sugarmill ruins. Nice forest, plenty to look at, the crabs are amazing. Nice change... read more

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Birkerod, Denmark
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Birkerod, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We did they hike down and up with 2 teenagers in 3 hrs inc some time at the petroglyphs and sugarmill ruins. Nice forest, plenty to look at, the crabs are amazing. Nice change from the beaches

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Fargo, North Dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Generally this trail leaves from the road, walk down (all the way to the beach if you are so inclined, then back up. Side trip to Petroglyphs. Beginning of trail is pretty steep, although efforts are taken to keep it in shape. Trail gets a fair amount of traffic, we saw at least a dozen people hiking on a weekday... More 

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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Signed up for this hike with the National Park, which was perfect. The hike down is over a mile with great scenery and history. Kent was a great guide and very informative. The boat ride back to Cruz Bay was great after the hike.

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Norwalk, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great downhill (mostly) nature trail. Well worth paying for a guided tour through the National Park Services. Many neat facts and history along the way. You stop for a quick lunch (provided by yourself) by the petroglyphs. Bummed as the waterfall was not active during our time visiting. At the end, you can either swim or ride a dingy out... More 

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western pa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hiked the Reef Trail, down and up. Somewhat tough hike in places. Have to navigate over rocks. I would wear good sneakers or boots. Definitely not a place for flip flops. Take some water. Probably a liter or so per person (depends on the weather). Walk down is 1 hour, back an hour and half if you are in reasonably... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you take the Reef Bay Trail to the Petroglyphs from Lameshur Bay it's about a 5 mile round trip hike. It's a moderate hike with two uphill sections. The hike is shady and the trail is very well maintained. Along the way there are fabulous views of Lameshur Bay and beyond. We found two petroglyphs, though I'm sure there... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are avid hikers and were intrigued by the hiking trails on St John. On an overcast day, we decided to tackle the Reef Bay Trail and while we enjoyed the Ram's Head hike more - we were glad we did this hike. As others have shared you hike down from the main road - which is an easy hike.... More 

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hiked from the bottom coming from the Lamishur Beach area. This was one of the most strenuous hikes we hiked on St. John. We hiked to the Petroglyphs and it was worth every minute of the hike. We were blown away by the beautiful vistas on the way to the Petroglyphs. Be prepared to wear good hiking shoes! Take... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting info if you're into lots of detail and a very slow hike. One thought would be to pay for the guided hike. It then do at your own pace to be able to take the boat back. Note that it doesn't come to the beach right at the end of the hike. Just before the salt factory ruins, go... More 

1 Thank sheilaoc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We hiked this trail in one direction, downhill, as part of a program put on by the national park service. We hiked with about 30 people in the group with a ranger who stopped at various points and talked about the different sites on the trail, both natural as well as ruins from previous plantation growing and sugar production. The... More 

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