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Reef Bay Trail

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 4.9 (8)

A must-do hike on St. John with many historical and cultural ruins along the way.


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2.3

Miles

3.6

KM

Point to Point

792' 241 m

High

23' 7 m

Low

20' 6 m

Up

770' 235 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Family Friendly Cultural history and the option for a great Ranger-led experience.

Description

The trail is typically an out-and-back from Centerline Road to Reef Bay Plantation. It is possible to combine this trail with the Maria Hope Trail and hike from the north shore to the south shore of St. John.

From the trailhead, the trail covers an old donkey path that was used to transport goods for the sugar cane industry. About two-thirds of the way down the trail, you'll find the Petroglyph Trail. This spur trail will take you to the natural reflecting pool where Taino indians had carved totems referred to as "zemis" into the rock bed. Certain times of year this area also has a natural waterfall.

You'll see several old plantation ruins along the way including Par Force and the Reef Bay Sugar Plantation, which was actually converted to steam use in its later years. The equipment is still there today.

The National Park Service also offers a guided tour several times a week. This tour offers interpretive knowledge of local plants and animals as well as cultural and historical information about several plantation ruins that you'll find along the way. The tour includes a shuttle service from the NPS center and a return boat trip from Reef Bay to Cruz Bay. All proceeds go directly to support the National Park. More information on these tours can be found at FriendsVINP.org/hike.

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Watch your step!
Dec 22, 2015 near Cruz Bay, VI
Another view of the boiler room.
Dec 22, 2015 near Cruz Bay, VI
Keep any eye out for any prickly flora.
Jul 28, 2016 near Cruz Bay, VI
Genti Bay, Reef Bay Trail, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, US Virgin Islands (USVI) with permission from virt_
Jul 28, 2016 near Cruz Bay, VI
Par Force Village, Reef Bay Trail, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, US Virgin Islands (USVI). with permission from virt_
Jul 28, 2016 near Cruz Bay, VI
Reef Bay Trail, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, US Virgin Islands (USVI). with permission from virt_
Jul 28, 2016 near Cruz Bay, VI

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Aug 8, 2020
Diana Bowen
Apr 7, 2019
Justin Sen
Great hike. Very exhausting at the end but worth it! Saw a 3' lemon shark 2' off the shore line! 5.7mi
Dec 22, 2018
Andie Iannuzzelli
Andie & Christian
Jul 28, 2017
Chris W
Jun 16, 2017
Cassidy Levy
Apr 30, 2017
Callie Ray
6mi
Apr 14, 2017
Kelly Wachholz
May 29, 2016
C B