L'Esperance Hike (November through April)
View the island's only baobab, a sacred tree species that was brought to the Caribbean by enslaved Africans. Further along the trail, a lush grove of fragrant Bay Rum trees provides a glimpse at the industry that once made St. John world-famous.
As you descend towards the beach you will enjoy beautiful views of Reef Bay and experience the fascinating transition from shady tropical forest to a desert-like landscape.
Reef Bay Trail (Year Round)
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.
Come Prepared for a Fun Adventure
Both hikes end 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 these hikes are 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.
Discover Bird Watching Hike (Every Friday)
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.
Meet at Francis Bay Trail Head 7:30 every Friday.
Visit our What's That Bird page to discover what you might see.
Check the Calendar often to see what activities are available during your time here with us.
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
Last updated: June 9, 2018