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Address: Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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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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This was an awesome hike, but you should know a few things... There is no reception at the start of the trail, so plan ahead and know how you are getting back to your... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Wayland, Massachusetts
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Wayland, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was an awesome hike, but you should know a few things... There is no reception at the start of the trail, so plan ahead and know how you are getting back to your destination. The bus does come, so look into the schedule before you go. The trail starts with going down, which means that if you are coming... More 

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Thank Hanna G
Houston, Texas
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent most of the day on this hike. It is about 2.5 miles one way. It was mostly downhill on the way down to the bay which means it is mostly uphill on the way back. We passed a waterfall which was ok. The petroglyphs did not impress me. The ruins near the end of the trail were awesome.... More 

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Thank Tracy D
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This hike is amazing and not too long for a lot of bang for your walking. I love the views and constant breeze, this is a great family hike.

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Thank couc3
Edina, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us did the hike from the top and back up on a warm, dry December day. Overall a great hike with interesting ruins, lots of sign pointing out interesting foliage and a few critters (lizards, hermit crabs, birds, butterfly's). Expect to spend 4 hours. It's a bit over 5-miles round trip. Stuff you should know: -parking (limited) along... More 

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5 Thank JimRiesterer
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I hike the Reef Bay Trail with my brother. Really get a feel for the history of St. John by making this trip. Don't miss the side trail to the petroglyphs, to make the history complete. I understand that you can arrange a trip with the park service where you can hike down to reef bay and be picked up.... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Following the advice of a park ranger we grabbed a lunch and jumped on the St. John bus which took us to the Reef Bay trailhead for only a dollar each. Much of the descent to the bay was quite steep, muddy, and rough. Be careful! Plants and trees along the way were highlighted, adding increased interest. Be sure to... More 

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1 Thank Summerfog
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We rented a boat for the day and our captain took us to a beach where we could hike to see the petroglyphs and waterfall. The hike was about 10 min each way! Much shorter than hiking from the road! There are also some really beautiful sugar mill ruins about 1 minute off the same beach. Lots of great photo... More 

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1 Thank Tara B
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

If you're not a fan of hiking, this isn't for you! We were interested in seeing the petroglyphs, but it's a hike down to them. You realize about 1/2 way that you'll be going UP for the majority of the way back to your vehicle.

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Thank Heather R
Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Just to add to others, we did this hike on both ways. The descending part is easy, especially on a cloudy day (recommendable) and the resting place next to the fresh water waterfall and petroglyphs are soothing. There are some mosquitoes when you reach the lowest part of the trail, so stay moving or have some repellant. The beach is... More 

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1 Thank Risto H
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

We hiked from the road down the trail past the sugar mill and slave village ruins, then turned right onto trail to petroglyphs at the waterfall. The trail is all downhill or flat until you get to the petroglyph turnoff, which means it's a long, sometimes steep, climb back to the parking area. Yes the forest was lovely and provides... More 

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