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Reef Bay Trail

Petroglyphs of Reef Bay

This is a strenuous hike that will take you past some of the oldest and tallest trees on the island. Danish sugar plantation ruins, stone walls from cattle grazing, and ancient rock carvings left behind by the pre-Colombian Taino can be found along the trail. During rainy season the waterfall can be spectacular.

Signs along the trail provide information regarding the plants, their traditional uses and other interesting information regarding the days of the sugar plantations.

This backcountry trail is steep in places, uneven and rocky, and can be slippery even when dry –you'll need sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a sure foot. Take plenty of water, some snacks and a lunch, and a hat. Mosquito repellent is a good idea, too, and a swimsuit if you'd like to take a dip in the ocean down at the beach at the end of the trail. From the trailhead to the beach is about three miles one way. Plan on about three and one half hours from trailhead to valley floor; it will take longer hiking the 900 foot elevation gain on the way up and out.

If you would like to join a ranger-led hike on this trail visit Friends of Virgin Islands National Park or visit our Ranger Programs and Guided Tours page for more information about this and other guided hikes.

Details
This is a steep strenuous hike. The duration depends on your physical condition and how much time you spend reading the waysides or at the petroglyphs and the ruins. 

This backcountry trail is steep in places, uneven and rocky, and can be slippery even when dry –you'll need sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a sure foot. Take plenty of water, some snacks and a lunch, and a hat. Mosquito repellent is a good idea, too, and a swimsuit if you'd like to take a dip in the ocean down at the beach at the end of the trail. From the trailhead to the beach is about three miles one way if you visit the waterfall and petroglyphs. Plan on about two hours from trailhead to valley floor; it will take longer hiking the 900 foot elevation gain on the way up and out.

Dogs are allowed on trails if on a leash. Service dogs are allowed in Virgin Islands National Park.

Title 36 part 2 section 15 of the Code of Federal Regulations provides the rules on dogs. 
* Pets are not allowed on beaches. 36CFR 2.15(a)(1)
This rule is in place to protect nesting sea turtles, shore birds and our visitors on the beach.
* Pets must be on leash no longer than 6' while in the Park. 36CFR 2.15 (a)(2)
* Pets can not be left unattended and tied to an object. 36CFR 2.15 (a)(3)
* Pet owners are responsible for removing pet waste appropriately. 36CFR 2.15 (a)(5)

To report any dog issues call 1-866-995-8467.
 Service DogService Animals

A service animal is one that is specifically trained to aid a person with a disability.
* Service animals are welcome in the park but must follow many of the pet rules.
* Service animals must be on a leash and under control at all times.
* Pet owners are responsible for removing pet waste appropriately. 36CFR 2.15 (a)(5)

If you have any other questions about pets in the park please feel free to call the park 340-776-6201 or find a Ranger and ask them!!

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
The trailhead for the Reef Bay Trail is located at approximately mile marker 5 on Centerline Rd.
Accessibility Information
This trail is extremly steep and the surface is uneven and rocky in places. 

Last updated: April 7, 2021