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Leinster Bay Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 5.0 (3)

An easy and beautiful trail that parallels the waterfront!


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

96%

Runnable

144' 44 m

High

16' 5 m

Low

144' 44 m

Up

27' 8 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

No glass or smoking on any National Park beach.

Runner Notes

This is a great spot for runners being that it is flat and relatively wide. If you are feeling like a long run, the trail runs into the Johnny Horn Trail and will take you down into Coral Bay. Stop and have a burger and beer!

Description

The Leinster Bay Trailhead shares the same parking lot for the well known Annaburg Plantation ruins. The trail starts down near the water and is marked by a couple signs that can give you information about where the trail leads and what kind of underwater creatures you can see snorkeling in the area.

Running to and from is a relatively easy, smooth trail that is breezy most all the time since it is right along the water's edge. It is just under a mile long from the parking lot to Leinster Bay. Bring your snorkel gear, a towel, and lunch! You can make a full day if you see the plantation, snorkel the bay and make your way out to Waterlemon Cay! Waterlemon is known by locals to be one of the most beautiful, vibrant places to snorkel! If you're lucky, you'll see octopus, and will most likely see gliding sea turtles!

There are pit toilets in the parking lot, but there are no places to buy any type of snacks or beverages so plan to bring your own. Trash receptacles are located in the parking lot so please pack out any trash you have and throw it away at the end of the day. Help keep our beaches beautiful for you and others coming to enjoy this place!

Flora & Fauna

Mongoose are very present at the bay and over on the point towards Waterlemon Cay. Make sure to put all food away in your bag before taking a snorkel or you may not have your snacks when you get back! If you have a love for birds, you will most likely see a variety of water birds and maybe even a mangrove cuckoo.

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Jon Eichner

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Photos

View of Leinster Bay from the trail to the ruins.
Feb 12, 2020 near Cruz Bay, VI
Leinster Bay Trail, Virgin Islands National Park.
Dec 16, 2015 near Cruz Bay, VI
Leinster Bay Trail, Virgin Islands National Park.
Dec 16, 2015 near Cruz Bay, VI
Wide view of Leinster Bay.
Feb 12, 2020 near Cruz Bay, VI
The ruins at the opposite end of the trail from Annaberg Plantation. Once here you can continue your hike via Johnny Horn Trail over to Coral Bay.
Feb 12, 2020 near Cruz Bay, VI
Beach day for Donkeys along the Leinster Bay Trail.
Feb 12, 2020 near Cruz Bay, VI

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