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19 mi 31 km of trail 6 Featured Hikes

Gems 6 Gems Easy Trails 7 Trails Intermediate Trails 10 Trails Hard Trails 5 Trails

Virgin Islands National Park's hills, valleys and beaches are breathtaking. While the pristine beaches in the park are one main attraction, the park has much to offer away from the water's edge. Miles of trails weave through tropical flora and fauna, allowing visitors to experience paradise from a new perspective. In addition to the natural wonders, within its 7,000 plus acres on the island of St. John, the park offers a complex and intriguing history of civilizations - both free and enslaved - dating back more than a thousand years to all who utilized the land and the sea for survival.

To learn more about Virgin Island National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
  • Visitor Center: Open daily from 8 am to 4:30 pm (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
  • Trunk Bay: Lifeguard on duty and beach facilities open from 9 am to 4 pm

Visiting Tips

Virgin Islands National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Fees & Passes:
There is no entrance fee to enter Virgin Islands National Park. Day use fees apply to Trunk Bay and for mooring or anchoring a boat at the bay. To learn more about park fees, click here

Camping & Lodging

While the park does not operate any lodging facilities, there are multiple options for those looking to extend their stay. Both the Cinnamon Bay Campground and the Caneel Bay Resort offer lodging within the park. Reservations can be made through their individual websites.

Food & Drink

There are a few spots to grab a quick beverage or a bite to eat while in the park. These include Eco Tours stand on Honeymoon Beach, the Caneel Bay Resort, the snack bar at Trunk Bay, and the Cinnamon Bay Campground. There are also countless dining options located outside of the park.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
Virgin Islands National Park offers a variety of ranger-led programs that vary by season. All programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and open to the public. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

Shuttles:
VITRAN buses leave from the public ferry dock at 20 minutes past the hour beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 7:25 p.m. daily. These buses travel along Centerline Road between Cruz Bay and Salt Pond Bay. For more information on the bus service and other methods of transportation on the island, click here. Please note that parking throughout the island and national park is very limited. Parking on the road is not permitted - be sure to use designated pull-outs or lots. At the popular north shore beaches, lots can fill by 10 a.m. Visitors are advised to utilize the park's bus or taxi service.

REI Adventures:
REI offers over 30 national park trips led by expert guides capable of showing you hidden gems and sights off the beaten path.

Check out REI Adventures' national park offerings here.

Other Activities

Visitors to Virgin Island National Park will enjoy the variety of aquatic activities present. Trunk Bay is considered to be one of the world's most beautiful beaches and offers great opportunities for snorkeling. Cinnamon Bay rents snorkel gear and arranges windsurfing outings and scuba diving lessons. If you need a break from the water, there are multiple historic sites that preserve the history of the area. Visit the park's website for more information on the park's other activities.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Areas Within Virgin Islands National Park

Gems in Virgin Islands National Park - 6

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gem Favorite Resting at beach

Maho Bay Beach

(6) Cruz Bay, VI
gem Favorite Paradise

Trunk Bay

(9) Cruz Bay, VI
gem Favorite Flowers along the trail.

Salt Pond Bay

(5) Cruz Bay, VI
gem Favorite Coral.

Waterlemon Cay

(8) Cruz Bay, VI
gem Favorite Cinnamon Bay and Cinnamon Cays.

Cinnamon Bay

(5) Cruz Bay, VI
gem Favorite Leaving the petroglyphs.

Taino Petroglyphs

(5) Cruz Bay, VI

Featured Hikes in Virgin Islands National Park - 6

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Favorite Flowers along the trail.
Easy/Intermediate

Salt Pond Bay to Ram Head Point

2.5 mi 4.0 km • Out and Back • 273 ft Ascent 83.31 m Ascent

(9) Cruz Bay, VI
Favorite Francis Bay.
Easy

Francis Bay Trail

1.0 mi 1.7 km • Loop • 14 ft Ascent 4.17 m Ascent

(2) Cruz Bay, VI
Favorite Caneel Hill Outlook
Difficult

St. John Trail Tour

13.6 mi 22.0 km • Point to Point • 2,646 ft Ascent 806.57 m Ascent

(4) Cruz Bay, VI
Favorite American Hill.
Intermediate/Difficult

Cinnamon Bay Trail

1.9 mi 3.1 km • Out and Back • 700 ft Ascent 213.25 m Ascent

(2) Cruz Bay, VI
Favorite Watch your step!
Intermediate/Difficult

Reef Bay Out and Back

3.4 mi 5.5 km • Out and Back • 769 ft Ascent 234.46 m Ascent

(2) Cruz Bay, VI
Favorite Walk between sharp objects on the Lind Point Trail.
Easy/Intermediate

Lind Point Loop

2.2 mi 3.6 km • Loop • 148 ft Ascent 45.23 m Ascent

(5) Cruz Bay, VI

Trails in Virgin Islands National Park - 16

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2.3 mi 3.6 km #1Reef Bay Trail
Intermediate
Cruz Bay, VI
Intermediate
2.3 mi 3.6 km Cruz Bay, VI
1.1 mi 1.8 km #2Leinster Bay Trail
Easy
Cruz Bay, VI
Easy
1.1 mi 1.8 km Cruz Bay, VI
0.8 mi 1.4 km #3Ram Head Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cruz Bay, VI
Intermediate/Difficult
0.8 mi 1.4 km Cruz Bay, VI
1.5 mi 2.4 km #4Brown Bay Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cruz Bay, VI
Intermediate/Difficult
1.5 mi 2.4 km Cruz Bay, VI
1.6 mi 2.6 km #5Lind Point Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Cruz Bay, VI
Easy/Intermediate
1.6 mi 2.6 km Cruz Bay, VI
0.4 mi 0.6 km #6Salt Pond Bay Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Cruz Bay, VI
Easy/Intermediate
0.4 mi 0.6 km Cruz Bay, VI
2.1 mi 3.4 km #7Caneel Hill Trail
Intermediate
Cruz Bay, VI
Intermediate
2.1 mi 3.4 km Cruz Bay, VI
1.6 mi 2.5 km #8Johnny Horn Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cruz Bay, VI
Intermediate/Difficult
1.6 mi 2.5 km Cruz Bay, VI
0.7 mi 1.2 km #9Caneel Hill Spur
Intermediate
Cruz Bay, VI
Intermediate
0.7 mi 1.2 km Cruz Bay, VI
0.3 mi 0.5 km #10Yawzi Point Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Cruz Bay, VI
Easy/Intermediate
0.3 mi 0.5 km Cruz Bay, VI
2.5 mi 4.0 km #11L'esperance Trail
Intermediate
Cruz Bay, VI
Intermediate
2.5 mi 4.0 km Cruz Bay, VI
1.1 mi 1.7 km #12Bordeaux Mountain Trail
Difficult
Cruz Bay, VI
Difficult
1.1 mi 1.7 km Cruz Bay, VI
1.5 mi 2.5 km #13Lameshur Bay Trail
Difficult
Cruz Bay, VI
Difficult
1.5 mi 2.5 km Cruz Bay, VI
0.7 mi 1.2 km #14Maria Hope Trail
Difficult
Cruz Bay, VI
Difficult
0.7 mi 1.2 km Cruz Bay, VI
0.3 mi 0.5 km #15Europa Point Trail
Difficult
Cruz Bay, VI
Difficult
0.3 mi 0.5 km Cruz Bay, VI
0.5 mi 0.9 km #16Hawksnest Trail
Intermediate
Cruz Bay, VI
Intermediate
0.5 mi 0.9 km Cruz Bay, VI

Photos of Virgin Islands National Park - 46

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Francis Bay.
Jan 7, 2016 near Cruz Bay, VI
Caneel Hill Outlook
Dec 22, 2015 near Cruz Bay, VI
Leinster Bay Trail, Virgin Islands National Park.
Dec 16, 2015 near Cruz Bay, VI
Leinster Bay Trail, Virgin Islands National Park.
Dec 16, 2015 near Cruz Bay, VI
Cinnamon Bay and Cinnamon Cays.
Jul 29, 2016 near Cruz Bay, VI
Coral.
Jul 29, 2016 near Cruz Bay, VI
Walk between sharp objects on the Lind Point Trail.
Jul 28, 2016 near Cruz Bay, VI
View from Margaret Hill at the highest point of the trail.
Jun 29, 2016 near Cruz Bay, VI

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