We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Informative and Fun”
Review of Reef Bay Trail

Reef Bay Trail
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 8 December 2013

We live in a mountain town and hike regularly so we did not think the hike was hard and made it down and back in about 2.5 hours and that's with the side trip to the waterfall/petroglyphs and reading the signs. But I could see how it would be difficult for non hikers, but it is well worth it. The trail is maintained very well. The grade would be the hardest part, not the footing. We loved the intereprative signs and didn't feel like we needed a ranger. The side trip to the waterfall/petroglyps was worth it and the sugar mill and the beach were fun. I am glad St. John offers so many trails and this one is very worth the time.

1  Thank SlcPearl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (394)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

271 - 275 of 394 reviews

Reviewed 27 November 2013

It's a long walk back up but well worth the effort. It's a beautiful trail, if not a bit rough and challenging. Sugar Mill ruins near the beach; petroglyphs and waterfall. Beach at the end and bathrooms courtesy of Ladybird Johnson. Take water and allow 3-4 hours.

Thank DebHerrington
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 13 November 2013

This is a very nice trail with great footing and reasonable grades. We approached it via a scramble along the beach from Fish Bay. Checked out the sugar mill ruins at Reef bay then hiked up to the petroglyphs and the ruins of the Great House. Hoofed it back to beat high tide on the point (where you have to scramble) and made it safely back. Seems like a pretty busy trail with lots of hikers making there way to the remote beach. The scramble from Fish bay is only a mile and takes about 30 minutes with just a little climbing. Probably a much easier way to reach the bay than doing the 4.4 mile round trip from Centerline road.

Thank dave d
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 8 November 2013

We did the Reef Trail hike through the Natural Park yesterday. It was a nice hike. The ranger Golda was very informative and helpful with information about the ruins and petroglyphs. We didn't think the trail was all that bad but there were others on the hike that weren't hikers and found it to be difficult. It was a pleasant day and the ride back to Cruz Bay was a great. The most frustrating part was when the ranger would stop and talk about things and since there was such a large group of people -31-the people in the back could not hear her. I think it would be a better tour if the group was only about 15 people. They should run two groups an hour apart and make it better for all concerned. Make sure you call ahead for reservations, this does fill up fast.

1  Thank stjohnlover44
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 29 October 2013

We have been going to the islands for the last 10 years and finally decided the boys are ready for the hike to the petroglyphs. We carried plenty of water and some chia snacks for energy. We made sure we wore good foot ware too. The hike down can get wet and the rocks become slick. The trail is pretty well marked and easy to follow. We were told that most people walk down and catch the boat back, not our family, the two teenage boys saw it as a challenge and the parents were not about to be bested. The ruins at the end of the trail were amazing. The walk back up the trail was tough. Take your time and it is climbable. Don't forget water!

Thank Rugbydox
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Reef Bay Trail also viewed

St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Cruz Bay, St. John
 
Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
 

Been to Reef Bay Trail? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing