Reef Bay Hike with NPS
Join National Park Service Rangers for the premier hiking experience in Virgin Islands National Park! Reservations and purchase of transportation vouchers for the Reef Bay Hike, led by Virgin Islands National Park Service Rangers, will now be done through the Friends of the Park Store located street-side in Mongoose Junction.
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.
This is a very popular activity and advance reservations are highly recommended.Inquiries about reservations for the hike at the NPS Visitor Center will be directed by counter staff to the Friends of the Park Store.
The schedule for trips will be as follows:
January – April: 3 trips/week (Mon, Tue, Thu)
May – August 15: 2 trips/week (Mon, Thu)
August 16 – October: 2 trips/week (Mon & Thu)
November – December: 2 trips/week (Mon, Thu)
The frequency of trips may be modified by the NPS based on demand or other conditions.All details of the trip will remain the same: the taxi to the Reef Bay Trailhead will depart the National Park Visitors Center promptly at 9:30 a.m. and return to Cruz Bay by boat between 2:30pm – 3:00 pm.Vouchers should be picked up from the Friends of the Park Store in Mongoose Junction, and we encourage pick up in the days prior to the hike. If you must pick up your voucher on the day of the hike, please do so by 9:00 am, when the store opens.
Call the Friends of the Park Store at 340-779-8700