The secrets of St. John's tropical forests, petroglyphs and sugar mill ruins come alive on this three-mile downhill hike. Explore the petroglyphs, pre-Columbia rock carvings that reflect in to a freshwater pool.
The Reef Bay Trail is mostly downhill but is not 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.
The $30 fee covers transportation –taxi ride to trailhead ($6) and boat ride at the end of the trail back to the Visitor Center ($17). The $30 cost also includes a $7 administrative fee. Cash & credit cards accepted.
Reservations Required. Call Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park Store (340) 779-8700, or visit the Friends' store, opened daily from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Please do not make reservations via the Internet. There is limited parking for the duration of the hike at the park's visitor center parking lot. Please check at the Front Desk for a permit.Your driver's license will be held at the Visitor Center when you pick up a permit.
All hikers must be at the park's visitor center with their vouchers (issued at the Friends store) by 9:15 AM on the day of the hike.