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. Plan to visit Reef Bay Trail and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Virgin Islands National Park attractions using our Virgin Islands National Park itinerary planning app .
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  • Loved this ranger led hike through the national park. Our ranger, Golda, was amazing! She was a native of the island and so knowledgeable of its history, customs, plants and trees. Golda brought along...  more »
  • A very quiet and peaceful Hike in the summer months. Make sure you allow time in your day to swim and snorkel before heading back up to the top. If you are opting out of having the boat pick you up at...  more »
  • This trail ride was worth the whole trip from St. Thomas to St. John. Great forest and beautiful old ruins from the days when sugar production existed on the island. One can imagine how hard it must have been for the slaves. A thought-provoking tour through the beautiful countryside. You will be rewarded for the long trip, when you reach the end with the beautiful ruin of the old sugar mill.
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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.
  • I didn't know my eyelids had sweat glands until I did this hike.

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