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Virgin Islands National Park: This month’s National Park Getaway

Petroglyphs on a rock surface reflecting in a pond
Petroglyphs in the Reef Bay are among the many reflections of diverse human history in the Virgin Islands preserved in the park's stunning natural landscapes.

NPS Photo/Tova Lisensky

News Release Date: April 3, 2017

Contact: Dave Worthington, 340-693-8950 x224

ST. JOHN, V.I. – Emerging from the tropical forest, you’ll pass colonial sugar plantation ruins to finally arrive at a white, sandy beach with inviting, crystal blue waters. What better way to end a hike? This may not sound like your typical national park excursion, but that’s the experience you can have in the area known as “America’s paradise” at Virgin Islands National Park.

The park makes up two-thirds of the island of St. John in the Caribbean. Because of this, the island is largely free of the intensive development found at many other vacation destinations. A visit to this park offers hiking trails with sweeping ocean views, beautiful beaches, and historic ruins. The park visitor center is a great first stop when you arrive on St. John, located an easy wander from the ferry dock in Cruz Bay. Read more

The National Park Getaways series helps people find new places to connect with nature, history, family, and friends. This month’s Getaway featuring Virgin Islands National Park is the 268th installment in the series.

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Last updated: April 3, 2017

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