The National Park Service has experienced unforeseen complications with the Reef Bay Hike and as a result has cancelled dates through January of next year.  We are hoping these issues will be resolved by February 2019.  If you have already registered please accept our apologies, a representative will be contacting you shortly.  Please check the following calendar for future available dates and registration.

Welcome to our hiking section.  Friends of Virgin Islands National Park organizes both the Reef Bay and L'Esperance Hikes on St. John.  These NPS Ranger led hikes are a great way of learning more about our Virgin Islands National Park while supporting efforts to preserve, protect and educate.

L'Esperance

Follow this historic Danish road to explore the ruins of the earliest plantations established on St. John. Learn about the amazing adaptations that emerged from the struggle for survival, both for the early settlers on the island and the wildlife that has a home here. 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.

Event Date 12-22-2017 9:00 am
Event End Date 12-22-2017 3:00 pm
Capacity 31
Available places 31
Cut off date 12-21-2017 3:00 pm
Individual Price $40.00
Location
National Park Visitors Center
Nat'l Park Headquaters
National Park Visitors Center
$40.00 31

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Reef Bay Hike

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.

Event Date 12-28-2017 9:00 am
Event End Date 12-28-2017 3:00 pm
Capacity 31
Available places 14
Cut off date 12-27-2017 3:00 pm
Individual Price $40.00
Location
National Park Visitors Center
Nat'l Park Headquaters
National Park Visitors Center
$40.00 14

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

L'Esperance

Follow this historic Danish road to explore the ruins of the earliest plantations established on St. John. Learn about the amazing adaptations that emerged from the struggle for survival, both for the early settlers on the island and the wildlife that has a home here. 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.

Event Date 12-29-2017 9:00 am
Event End Date 12-29-2017 3:00 pm
Capacity 31
Available places 31
Cut off date 12-28-2017 3:00 pm
Individual Price $40.00
Location
National Park Visitors Center
Nat'l Park Headquaters
National Park Visitors Center
$40.00 31

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Reef Bay Hike

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.

Event Date 01-01-2018 9:00 am
Event End Date 01-01-2018 3:00 pm
Capacity 31
Available places 31
Cut off date 12-31-2017 3:00 pm
Individual Price $40.00
Location
National Park Visitors Center
Nat'l Park Headquaters
National Park Visitors Center
$40.00 31

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Reef Bay Hike

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.

Event Date 01-02-2018 9:00 am
Event End Date 01-02-2018 3:00 pm
Capacity 31
Available places 31
Cut off date 01-01-2018 3:00 pm
Individual Price $40.00
Location
National Park Visitors Center
Nat'l Park Headquaters
National Park Visitors Center
$40.00 31

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

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