Reef Bay Trail, Virgin Islands National Park

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Weave your way through fresh water pools, tropical undergrowth and sugar mill ruins at Reef Bay Trail. Search the base of the 12.1 m (40 ft) waterfall for mysterious petroglyphs, ancient rock carvings dating back to the indigenous Taino people who walked these paths one thousand years ago. Venture both up and down the challenging 4.8 km (3 mi) trail from the Centreline Road entrance, or for the less experienced climber, make the descent on a Virgin Islands National Park tour, which includes a charter boat trip back. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Reef Bay Trail by using our Virgin Islands National Park vacation builder.
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  • We enjoyed this hike very much. You meet at the Park HQ and take taxis to the trail head. After a nice 3 mile mostly downhill hike through the forest you catch a boat ride back to Cruz Bay. Hike was g...  more »
  • We took our 9,7 and 5 year olds on this trail and they did fine...except the 5 year old who had a tough time with the last mile back...steep uphill to get to the car. Otherwise, the trail is impeccabl...  more »
  • I decided to do this hike through the National Park Service as they provide transportation to and back and there is a guide to give you info on the area and the plant life. I was a tad disappointed th...  more »
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  • Fun 2.5 mile hike (one way) from HWY10 down to the beach and back up. About 2/3 of the way down are ancient petroglyphs. The trail was very well marked and maintained. We saw deer and lots of hermit crabs. We were the only people at the beach and enjoyed a swim. There are bathrooms by the beach and the ruins of a rum factory were great for hiding from the rain. No insects on the trail, but lots of gnats under the trees on the beach - bug repellent advised.