This 2.2 mile downhill hike in Virgin Islands National Park ends at the Reef Bay beach and the ruins of a sugar plantation. Park rangers lead guided tours here that include a boat ride back to Cruz Bay.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Reef Bay Trail

Away Travel Expert: Lynne Sullivan
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Day Hiking,Nature,Trekking and Backpacking
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  • Reef Bay Trail leads down to Genti Bay (a.k.a. Reef Bay) and the ruins of four sugar plantations. A secondary trail gives access to petroglyphs presumably carved by pre-Columbian Taino (Arawak) natives.
  • The main trail is a gradual downhill slope punctuated with a few steep parts and some rocky patches that grabs your attention, especially if you aren't wearing sensible shoes.
  • Consider taking the guided national park service tour that allows you to skip the uphill return hike and go back to Cruz Bay by boat.
There are many variations of this hike, so be honest about your hiking abilities and interests and plan the adventure that's right for you. Novice hikers or those who want to skip the uphill walk back can take the guided tour offered by the national

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Off Route 10 (Centerline Road)
St. John, Virgin Island
U.S. Virgin Islands

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