Virgin Islands National Park’s hills, valleys and beaches are breath-taking. However, within its 7,000 plus acres on the island of St. John is the complex history of civilizations - both free and enslaved - dating back more than a thousand years, all who utilized the land and the sea for survival.
A History That Spans Centuries
Civilizations lived on St. John long before the Europeans arrived to the region, as evidenced by the petroglyphs, or rock carvings left by the Tainos.Read More
Preserving The Submerged Lands
The need to protect reefs from further degradation led to a Presidential Proclamation in January 2001 by President Clinton to create the monument.Read More
A Great Place For Hiking
Virgin Islands National Park provides 20 trails for hikers. They vary in distances; from .5 to 3 miles. One may hike in wet tropical or dry forest.Read More
Did You Know?
A wasp common to St. John is called the Jack Spaniard. These paper wasps are not aggressive, but will sting you repeatedly if disturbed. The sting can be quite painful, and should be treated with common sting relief remedies. The discomfort can last three days.