The secrets of St. John's tropical forests, petroglyphs, and sugar mill ruins come alive on this three-mile downhill hike. The Reef Bay Trail is mostly downhill but is not necessarily easy due to its length, steep rocky terrain, short but strenuous uphill sections, and the prevailing heat and humidity. In addition there is the remote possibility that deteriorating sea conditions might require hiking back uphill to the trailhead. Visitors with circulatory or joint/muscle problems, other medical conditions, or with small children, should carefully evaluate their ability to do this hike.
Participants should bring lunch,1-2 liters of water per person, any special medication (taken daily), and a swimsuit for a quick swim at the trail's end. Wear good hiking shoes and cool, comfortable clothing. Light colors are less attractive to mosquitoes.
This hike includes transportation - a taxi ride to the trail head (fee $6.), a boat pickup which returns hikers to the Visitor Center dock at Cruz Bay (fee $17.), and an administrative cost ($7.00). Total costs $30.00. Cash & credit cards accepted.
Reservations Required. Call (340) 779-8700, or visit the Friends' store, opened daily from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Please do not attempt to make reservations via the internet. There is limited all-day parking available at the park's visitor center parking lot. Please check at the Front Desk for a permit. All hikers must be at the park's visitor center with their voucher (issued at the Friends' store) by 9:15 AM on the day of the hike.
Notice: Tuesdays and Fridays hikes will be suspended during the slower visitation months.