Reef Bay Trail
Reef Bay Trail provides hikers with a snapshot of over 3,000 years of human history and passes through almost every land habitat of Virgin Islands National Park.
The remains of sugar plantation, stacked stone walls constructed to pen cattle, and rock carvings left by Indigenous Peoples can be found along the trail. These remnants tell the stories of generations of people who have lived on St. John.
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. This valley has been a sacred site for the Indigenous Taino, a place of misery and hardship for hundreds of enslaved people, and home to formerly enslaved people and their descendants.
Come Prepared for a Fun Adventure
Dates for the 2023-2024 season are being scheduled now. Please check back here for the latest information on when hikes will be available. Once the dates have been scheduled for the upcoming season, visitors can reserve a spot on this program by visiting the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park's website. We will also publish the full schedule for Reef Bay Hike on our calendar webpage.
Astronomy in the ParkJoin one of our Rangers for a tour of the night sky. This program takes place on Wednesdays from late November through August at 8:15 PM at Cinnamon Bay Beach & Campground. Vistors will find the Ranger on the beach, approximately 40 yards to the west of the ruins at the end of the sidewalk that leads to the water. A sky tour of constellations will be followed by viewing celestial bodies such as planets, nebulae, and galaxies through the park's 10" reflecting telescope. This program's Ranger talks highlight the effects of light pollution on the resources of Virgin Islands National Park.
Friends of Virgin Islands National Park
The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park offers both Official Events & Seminars in addition to Campground Chats at Cinnamon Bay Beach & Campground. 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.
Last updated: October 29, 2023