hiking

dogs on leash

beach

kid friendly

views

forest

The island of Saint John has rich human and natural history. There are Taino archaeological sites and ruins of sugar plantations from Columbus's time. Past the pristine beaches are mangroves, seagrass beds, coral reefs and algal plains.

Steep in places, but worth it for the amazing views. Watch out for hermit crabs on trail :)

a bit rocky, but a great hike to a wonderful beach. Took the Upper trail going to Honeymoon Beach, and the lower trail back to town.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike! Also very exposed and hot if done in the middle of the day. But totally worth it!

Amazing hike!! Stay hydrated!! It’s actually almost 6 miles from start to finish, longer if you take other trails off of this trail, but stay on the trail leading to the factory, you’ll be so glad you did!

hiking
3 months ago

great trail with lots of wildlife, flowers and ruins. many trail options off this one to enhance your hike (petroglyphs, lameshur, lesparance). it's mostly easy, downhill one way, the uphill back is only difficult in the last .5 miles, make lots of stops, beach is naturally beautiful but not for swimming

hiking
3 months ago

this is a small .44 miles round trip trail off the bigger reef bay trail, petroglyphs are cool but the waterfall is dependent on water level (which is usually low), I'd recommend doing the reef bay trail combined with this one

walking
3 months ago

super easy, quick and great views of the surrounding beaches! there is the ruin of an old windmill at the top

Great trail to get a bit off the path within the NP...

Excellent Trail for being one of the best access points into the National Park...

walking
7 months ago

Decent, easy trail. Nice if you’re right there, but don’t go out of your way to do it. It starts on a boardwalk going through a swamp, then it becomes more like a trail. After that, it ascends a small hill, passes some ruins, and ends on the road leading to Francis Bay, which is a great place to swim/snorkel.

hiking
7 months ago

The trail begins by ascending for a little under a mile at a moderately steep grade before reaching the summit of Caneel Hill, which has fabulous views of the entire Virgin Islands Archipelago. It then dips down and passes an overlook before ascending to the summit of Margaret Hill, which also has interesting views. After that, it descends moderately for a little over a mile, and ends by the entrance to Caneel Bay Resort. I would recommend hanging out at the resort (swimming, eating) before turning back. You can also take a taxi back to Cruz Bay if you are tired. A great hike, worth the effort.

hiking
7 months ago

This hike starts with a descent to Saltpond Bay, then ascends over a ridge and drops down to another beach. After that, it makes the ascent to Ram’s Head, a rocky peninsula perched 150 feet above the sea. From there, there are great 360 views of sea and islands. The hike is not very shaded, and is therefore somewhat hot, but it is definitely worth it.

hiking
7 months ago

Wonderful to hike under the full moon!

hiking
8 months ago

Great easy walk to start our morning.

Stunning views from a deck at the top. Bring your picnic. The constant breeze keeps you cool enough. Slippery when wet. Path is rocky, were hiking shoes with good inserts.

hiking
11 months ago

Loved this trail. Cool pebble beach about half way through. The trek is worth the hike throughout, but my favorite was when we got to the cliffs. Full 360 view. Gorgeous!

Easy hike with a beautiful view at the end. It was super dry when we went and SO hot. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fun and easy trail.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Beautiful forest leading to amazing views.

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Dessert-y landscape and cool once you reach Ramshead.

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

I presume ranked hard because of the hike back...quite a climb. So many hermit crabs as you get closer to water. This was our most challenging hike on St John's but not the favorite.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Decent short hike to brown bay .8 miles. First ascent. is .3 miles coming back .5 The brown bay plantation ruins are off the left on the beach. Be careful of jack Spanish wasp nest hanging from vines.

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Beautiful trail. A lot to see. The way down was really steep in the beginning so you can imagine what the way up was like. Bring lots of water to hydrate. Would definitely rate it moderate-hard.

hiking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This was a very easy trail down to the beach and back. You can hike over the rocks and go to a private beach and snorkel. The trail ends at a Rum Still and it is pretty cool. There are many little trails off of Reef bay to run off to. You can most definitely make a nice day of all of these little ones. Trails is maintained and the big huge things that look like massive bee hives are actually termites. You will see them all over and they are harmless.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Such a Beautiful hike!! Very windy at the top but so worth it!!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

This trail is hard but very rewarding. It's best to go early in the morning because as it gets later it gets very hot and humid! We had to learn that the hard way!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Nice trail. Slick when wet. Hiked the trail down several times. There is a bus stop on centerline road at the trailhead so we took the trail to Cinnamon Bay Campground (where we were staying) to save on taxi fares. Side trip up to American Hill worth the effort.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Groomed trail. (We actually started near Maho Bay hiking up the Maria Hope Trail (rugged, trailhead not marked) then crossed Centerline Road to the Reef Bay Trailhead.) Side trip to petroglyphs a must. Right before you reach the ruins there is an amazing population of large land crabs. Sizeable bat population in one of the ruins. The actual beach was crawling with ants so we didn't stay long. We took the L'esperance trail out which is a tad longer, but less steep. Would rate both Reef Bay Trail and L'Esperance Trail at moderate.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Great hike. Well maintained trail with lots to look at along the way. Beautiful beach at the bottom to cool you off for the return trip. We loved it!

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

This was my favorite hike on St. John. Beautiful views, but hold on to your hats, it's windy up there! :-)

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