Hassel Island, St. Thomas
Categories: Islands, Nature & Parks
Hike around Hassel Island and uncover historic ruins set against a stunning backdrop. Once a peninsula of St. Thomas, this spit of land became an island in the 1860s, when a channel was dug out to improve water circulation in the area's harbor. The British occupation of the island left behind numerous buildings, including barracks and forts. Take a guided tour or simply follow the signposted trails to soak in the views and spot native wildlife. Don't miss the remains of one of the oldest steam-powered marine railways in the Western Hemisphere, which operated until the 1960s. Some paths can be strenuous, so pack plenty of water, a snack, and sunscreen for your visit. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Charlotte Amalie holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Hassel Island and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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We came into St Thomas on a cruise ship and had booked a tour of Hassel Island through the Historical Trust. We walked to French Town and met Hurricane Bob for an amazing escape from the busyness of t... read more »
The historical Island has a great trail going through it. The remains of the buildings in some areas are in excellent condition and others are just a few walls. there are plaques with historical conte... read more »
Nice hiking and photo opportunities. Steep hills so not for the unfit or non-able bodied. Wear appropriate shoes. Take plenty of water and sunscreen. Very private with historical sites to explore.
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