The Reef Bay trail is a round-trip 4.9 mile hike (all downhill, mainly in shade but with some fairly steep areas but, remember, the return is all uphill) which, like several St John hikes, ends at a wonderful beach where you can cool off before heading home — either back uphill or, our preference is, on the Sadie Sea Power Boat Charter back to Cruz Bay. It can (and should be) arranged in advance through the VI National Park – call (340) 779-8700 – includes transportation from the Cruz Bay National Park Visitors Center, toured guide down the trail viewing the petroglyphs and the Reef Bay sugar mill, and a great boat ride back to Cruz Bay). It is a 40 minute boat ride and a great way to enjoy the vistas from the water. For the cost of $30, it is a great deal!
On the trail you will also come across sugar plantation ruins, stone walls from cattle grazing, and ancient rock carvings left behind by the pre-Colombian Taino. 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.