Reef Bay Trail

HARD 11 reviews

Reef Bay Trail is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Saint John, Saint John that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and birding.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,184 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

beach

forest

views

bugs

historic site

no dogs

Trail goes through two forests and remains of deserted sugar mill. It ends at the beach. The trail is mostly down hill.

27 days ago

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
1 month 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
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
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.

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, January 29, 2017

Difficult Hike, bring plenty of water.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Thursday, July 06, 2017

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015