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Reef Bay Trail

Intermediate

Trail

2.3 mile 3.6 kilometer point to point
86% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 20' 6 m
Descent: -770' -235 m
High: 792' 241 m
Low: 23' 7 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

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Trail shared by Jon Eichner

A must-do run on St. John with many historical and cultural ruins along the way.

Jon Eichner

Features Birding · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Lots of loose rocks and roots so be particularly cautious. Another note as there is no easy extraction by local "medical services." This is true for most of the island trails but due to the volume of visitors we see, it particularly applies on the Reef Bay Trail.

Description

The trail is typically an out-and-back from Centerline Road to Reef Bay Plantation. It is possible to combine this trail with the Maria Hope Trail and run from the north shore to the south shore of St. John.

From the trailhead, the trail covers an old donkey path that was used to transport goods for the sugar cane industry. About two-thirds of the way down the trail, you'll find the Petroglyph Trail. This spur trail will take you to the natural reflecting pool where Taino indians had carved totems referred to as "zemis" into the rock bed. Certain times of year this area also has a natural waterfall.

You'll see several old plantation ruins along the way including Par Force and the Reef Bay Sugar Plantation, which was actually converted to steam use in its later years. The equipment is still there today.

The National Park Service also offers a guided tour several times a week. This tour offers interpretive knowledge of local plants and animals as well as cultural and historical information about several plantation ruins that you'll find along the way. The tour includes a shuttle service from the NPS center and a return boat trip from Reef Bay to Cruz Bay. All proceeds go directly to support the National Park. More information on these tours can be found at FriendsVINP.org/hike.

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Photos

Another view of the boiler room.
Dec 22, 2015 near Cruz Bay, VI
Jossie Gut Sugar Estate, Reef Bay Trail, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, US Virgin Islands (USVI). with permission from virt_
Jul 28, 2016 near Cruz Bay, VI
Par Force Village, Reef Bay Trail, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, US Virgin Islands (USVI). with permission from virt_
Jul 28, 2016 near Cruz Bay, VI
Reef Bay Trail, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, US Virgin Islands (USVI). with permission from virt_
Jul 28, 2016 near Cruz Bay, VI
Genti Bay, Reef Bay Trail, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, US Virgin Islands (USVI) with permission from virt_
Jul 28, 2016 near Cruz Bay, VI
David biting out the Kapok tree.
Dec 22, 2015 near Cruz Bay, VI

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