Caneel Hill Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews

Caneel Hill Trail is a 6.4 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cruz Bay, Saint John, US Virgin Islands that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.4 km
517 m
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching



This is a point to point trail (2.4 miles each way) that joins Cruz Bay to Northshore road. At the top of Margaret Hill, you have stunning views of the island and ocean around you.

2 months ago

Gorgeous views from parts of the trail! Also, it wasn’t a huge deal for us but the second half or so of the trail was a bit overgrown.

Note that as of 1/3/19 the Caneel Hill Resort was still closed and no access was allowed, so if you’re looking to hike and then hit that beach area just adjust your post-hike plans accordingly. Luckily the hike (if you’re doing just one way and not RT) ends at a road where taxis are passing by (we got one in less than 5 min) and can take you to nearby Trunk Bay (approx 5-8 min taxi ride from the trail), Cinnamon Bay or wherever else you need to go.

Bonus: super easy to get to after getting off the ferry in Cruz Bay. Approx 5 min walk from ferry dock to the start of the trail.

3 months ago

Great trail last part a little overgrown

5 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

Saturday, March 10, 2018

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.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

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.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Beautiful forest leading to amazing views.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Very well-maintained and well-signed trail. Well worth the effort, with panoramic views from peak of Caneel Hill. Interesting flora

Thursday, January 17, 2013

We hiked this trail on Oct 6, 2012. We went out this mountain trail and hiked back along the coast. The mountain part offered great views of St. John island and the Carribean. If you are in this part of the Carribean this is a must hike. Just take plenty of water the temperature in Oct got to 89 and the humidity was in the mid 90%. Needless to say we took our time and took many breaks. All in all a great trail.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Absolutely stunning views of the island and ocean. It is 2.4 miles each way.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

recorded Caneel Hill

Tuesday, December 29, 2015