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Reef Bay Trail

Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
+1 340-776-6201
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Great NPS guided hike

After hiking Ram Head the day before, this was a much easier and less strenuous hike, especially... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fairfax, Virginia
via mobile
This is the hardest hike on the island

A great hike that is right around 6 miles round trip and right at 1000 feet in elevation. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Rte. 10, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
+1 340-776-6201
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After hiking Ram Head the day before, this was a much easier and less strenuous hike, especially since we opted for the NPS guided tour. Still, don't underestimate the need for supportive footwear and fluids. We enjoyed the park ranger's insights, and the member of...More

1  Thank Catrunner77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great hike that is right around 6 miles round trip and right at 1000 feet in elevation. The sugar mill and beach at the end of the trail are amazing. The waterfall only runs right after a rain according to the locals, however the...More

Thank aaronkch
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is well-worth the extra money and advanced sign up. Plus it gets you to the National Park Visitor's Center in Cruz Bay, an interesting collection of exhibits. Our ranger (Alanna) was incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A fairly easy hike (a few rocky areas to...More

1  Thank TravelMom058_10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a "must do" activity. Be aware that the hiking is medium difficulty and I recommend that you bring hiking poles. They provide hiking sticks at the US Park Welcome Center. The briefing at the beginning of the trail was very good and our...More

1  Thank colbox
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The best and longest hike on the island with great side trips to explore nature and culture. The trail is in excellent condition.

Thank tetonamy
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Well worth the hike! We did the trail from Lameshur Bay to meet the Reef Bay trail instead. These are amazing!

Thank Cometm08
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Took the hike down and back. The trip back up seemed quite long since it was the uphill part. Ruins at the bottom and hieroglyphics were interesting. Ocean view was minimal.

Thank TravelBob78
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

3 adults and 1 eight yo went on this hike during the middle of the day. Bring plenty of water and perhaps some food if you'd like because you can get hungry in the St. John sun. The hike makes for some picturesque photo ops...More

Thank Amanda K
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We are in our sixties and are not experienced hikers. We made it ok going down. When we reached the bottom there was not a soul down there. We had no choice but to head back up. I don't know how we made it. We...More

Thank Cindy E
Reviewed 29 April 2017

In the Hiking Guide for the Virgin Islands, the Reef Bay Trail is listed as strenuous. Actually, it really is, but it's also beautiful and enjoyable because of the various sugar mill ruins along the way. As long as you plan ahead (water, good hiking...More

Thank Merclady
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Is it possible to travel to and from the trailhead by taxi?
14 May 2017|
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Response from Angel9266 | Reviewed this property |
No, you need to hike to the Trial Head.
Hi! Where is the HQ for the park ranger to reserve tickets?? Great review. Thanks!
26 April 2017|
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Response from Angel9266 | Reviewed this property |
It's in the visitor center. When you get off the ferry, you can drive to it within 5-8 mins. Make your reservations as early as possible. The tour is pretty popular and informative. Have fun. :)