Ranger-Guided Tours

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Reef Bay Trail (Not currently being offered. Check back for updates.)

Step back in time while experiencing a moist tropical forest as you hike down the verdant Reef Bay Valley. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to learn about the people who have called St John home and about their relationship to the natural world.

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. This evidence from the past is a reminder of changes over time on the island.

The oldest and tallest trees on the island can be found in this valley, creating a canopy of shade for hikers and a habitat for a variety of wildlife. Throughout time, people survived using vines, trees, flowers and fruits that are now preserved and protected for future generations.

Sadie Sea

Come Prepared for a Fun Adventure
Most visitors hike these trails without incident and have a wonderful time. Be aware that these backcountry trails are steep in places and are 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. From the trailhead to the beach is about three miles one way. This guided hike goes at a reasonably steady pace with occasional stops for the ranger to offer insight about the historical and natural features along the trail. The hike takes about three and one half hours from start to finish.

The hike ends with a 40-minute boat ride back to the Cruz Bay Visitor Center. As you cruise back, you can take in the scenery of Virgin Islands National Park, with forested green hillsides meeting white sand beaches and clear turquoise water.

It is extremely rare, but weather or other factors may prevent the boat from picking up hikers, requiring a trek back up to the trailhead. Park rangers will assure everyone makes it back up, but it will take extra time and delay your return to Cruz Bay.

Please take a moment to evaluate whether the hike is appropriate for you and your family, as there is NO REFUND for any reason within 24 hours of the hike. Rain or shine—we go hiking!

To make a reservation, visit Friends of Virgin Islands National Park website and click on the Book Events side tab.

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Blue-winged Teal. Photo by Will Sprauve

Discover Bird Watching Hike

Join our Park Ranger for a tour of Francis Bay Trail and salt pond. While there you will enjoy to opportunity to view the many resident and migratory birds that call Francis Bay home. Hike begins at parking area near Danish ruins at the top of the hill near Francis Bay.

Meet at Francis Bay Trail Head 7:30 on scheduled Fridays.
Visit our What's That Bird page to discover what you might see.

Seasonal Options

Weekly Sky Watch, Snorkel Trips, Yoga on the Beach, Lionfish Safaris, and more are offered throughout the season.

Check the Calendar often to see what activities are available during your time here with us.
Friends Mangrove Seminar
Photo by Judy Buchholz

Friends of Virgin Islands National Park

The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park offer a winter seminar series. These include guided tours to Hassel Island, hiking with park and local scientists, kayaking or snorkeling in the mangroves and many others. To learn more about the seminar series visit the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park website.

Kayaking and Paddleboard

Kayaking and Paddleboard tours are offered in several locations throughout the park.


Safari bus (taxi) drivers offer two-hour or three-hour guided tours of the island, including the park. These tours usually begin and end at the public ferry dock in Cruz Bay. They stop at overlooks for panoramic views of beaches and surrounding hillsides and at remnants of Annaberg and other sugar plantations.

Last updated: September 30, 2021

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Mailing Address:

1300 Cruz Bay Creek
St. John , VI 00830


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