Did you know that the island of St. John is 60% National Park land? There are numerous trails and sights to explore around St. John along with trails right on the Caneel Bay Resort property. Read below to learn about some of our favorite trails. If you are interested to join a group hike, visit our partner Virgin Island Ecotours here to learn more about their tour options. They have great guides who share interesting facts and information about St. John relating to island history and the ecosystem. Visit their website here: https://viecotours.com/
Another resource to join guided hikes is with the Virgin Islands National Park Service. They offer various tours around the island of St. John with the philosophy “Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints” For more information about the VI NPS, visit their website here: https://www.nps.gov/viis/index.htm
Reef Bay Trail: This 2.2 mile hike begins along Rt 10. The trail is mostly a downhill descent with a few challenging sections. Along the way you will see sugar mill ruins, petroglyphs, interesting trees and plants. At the bottom of the trail you will reach Reef Bay Beach which is a beautiful spot for a dip after your hike. Reef Bay Tip: If you hike the trail on your own, then you must return, uphill to where you started. Or, book the hike with a National Park Ranger Guide and they will arrange your transportation to the trail as well as a boat to pick you up at the bottom. Visit the National Park website here for more info.
Mary’s Trail: Located right on the Caneel Bay Resort property, this 0.6-mile trail follows the rocky shoreline of Hawksnest Point passing through dry forest and coastal terrain. Along the way you there are breathtaking views to enjoy looking out at Hawksnest Bay and the British Virgin Islands in the distance. You may also share the trail with donkeys or deer!
Lind Point Trail: This scenic trail begins behind the National Park Visitors Center close to Cruz Bay. The first highlight of the journey is the Lind Point Battery Overlook, a little further along the way at 0.7 mile marker, you will reach Solomon Bay and finally you reach Honeymoon Beach which is 1.1 miles from Cruz Bay. Hiking time is approximately 45 minutes from start to finish.
Ram Head Trail: Ram Head trail is a relatively short hike, at about 1 mile long, but the deep terrain makes it more difficult. The trail is located on the east end of St. John, which is hotter and drier compared to other parts of the island, so the plants and animals that inhabit the remote area are different than other parts of the island. Ram Head trail leads to the top of a 200ft cliff overlooking the ocean- providing hikers with incredible views.
How to get there:
- Drive to salt pond
- Park your car in the Salt Pond
- Walk along the beach and keep right of the coast line
About Caneel Bay Resort: Set on a 170-acre peninsula amid the lush beauty of the Virgin Islands National Park and seven picturesque beaches, Caneel Bay is one of the most breathtaking vacation destinations in the Caribbean. Discovered by Laurance Rockefeller while sailing on a family cruise, this luxury hideaway is accessible only by boat or ferry and its beaches are widely considered to be among the best in the world.