Hiking on the Beach

Activities | Hiking St John

Island Tours

If you are looking for a personalized tour of St John, we recommend Jenn from “News of St John”!  The tour is about 5 hours long and she will work with you to plan what you want to see and do.  She is a licensed tour guide and is the perfect person to take you around the island.  Contact her “News of St John, Island Tours” or call or text – 203 376-3786.

Fantastic Hiking Trails

Always notify friends where and when you will return. Don’t hike alone and be sure to take a map with you. Allow ample time for rest stops and water breaks. Remember, this is a tropical island. Don’t become dehydrated – bring plenty of water to drink. Drinkable water is NOT available on the trails.

Always stay on the trails and do not cross Private Property lines. Wear comfortable shoes, never sandals. Wear loose fitting, breathable clothing. Bring a hat, sunscreen, and a watch.

Full descriptions of trails are available at the State Park Visitor’s Desk. Always check with the State Park to get the latest trail condition report. Depending on the season, some trails could be dangerous to travel.

North Shore Trails

Annaberg Area - 0.2 mile, 30 minutes

Mangrove forest and shallow reef flats with plenty of wildlife sighting opportunities. Self-guiding walking tour of Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins up the hill from picnic area. Scenic overlook.

Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail - 0.5 mile, 1 hour

A historic and nature loop trail that passes through old sugar factory sites and tropical trees. Trail begins east of of the entrance road into Cinnamon Bay Campground.

Lind Point Trail - 1.1 miles, 1 hour

One of the most popular trails on St. John. Connects National Park Visitor Center at Cruz Bay with Honeymoon Beach at Caneel. Trail climb to scenic Lind Point overlook (elev. 160 ft.) Small trail also to Salomon Beach. Cactus scrub environment.

Caneel Hill Trail - 2.4 miles, 2 hours

Joins Cruz Bay village with Northshore Road entrance to Caneel Bay. A 0.8 mile climb from Cruz Bay leads to scenic overlook atop Caneel Hill (elev. 719 ft.) Trail continues uphill (elev. 848 ft.) then descends to Northshore Road through forest.

Caneel Hill Spur Trail - 0.8 miles, 40 minutes

Starts from Lind Point trail. Crosses Northshore Road at a point overlooking Cruz Bay and Caneel Bay.

Water Catchment Trail - 1.0 mile, 30 minutes

Forest trail between Centerline Road and the Northshore Road. Trail joins the Caneel Hill trail at certain points.

Turtle Point Trail - 0.6 mile, 30 minutes

Trail begins at north end of Caneel Bay Plantation. Enter property through main gate. Register at the front desk.

Cinnamon Bay Trail - 1.1 miles, 1 hour

Starting about 80 yards east of the entrance road into the Campground, the forested trail goes up hill to meet with Centerline Road.

Leinster Bay Trail/Road - 0.8 mile, 30 minutes

Follow the old Danish Road eastward along the seashore from the Annaberg picnic site to Waterlemon Bay. Good boat anchorage and swimming. Snorkeling is excellent around Waterlemon Cay.

South Shore Trails

Ram’s Head Trail - 1.0 mile, 1 hour

Rocky Trail begins at the south end of Salt Pond Bay Beach. Switchbacks up a hillside to crest 200 feet above the Caribbean Sea. Magnificent scenery. Dangerous footing areas. –

Reef Bay Trail - 2.2 miles, 2 hours

This descending trail begins 4.9 miles east of Cruz Bay on Centerline Road. Visible remains of four sugar plantations. Picnic site and toilets by Reef Bay sugar mill, close to the beach. Remember, there are no lifeguards. National Park Service give Guided hikes regularly.

Petroglyph Trail - 0.2, 15 minutes

Trail starts 1.5 miles down the Reef Bay trail. Rock carvings attributed to early Indians.

Lameshur Bay Trail - 1.5 miles, 1 hour 15 minutes

Trail connects Lameshur Bay and Reef Bay trail. Dry open and forest hiking. 1.2 miles from the Reef Bay junction a spur trail leads 0.3 mile to a salt pond and the coral beach at Europa.

Yawzi Point Trail - 0.3 miles, 20 minutes

Trail leads from Little Lameshur Bay Road (near beach) through scrub vegetation to isolated private coves.

Bordeaux Mountain Trail - 1.2 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes

Steep trail connecting shady Bordeaux Mountain Road with Lameshur Bay 1,000 feet below.

Salt Pond Bay Trail - 0.2 miles, 15 minutes

Evaporated, crystallized Salt Pond. Trail begins at the parking area 3.9 miles south of Coral Bay. Trail leads down to Salt Pond Beach and picnic area and cactus area. Swimming and snorkeling. Toilet.

Drunk Bay Trail - 0.3 miles, 20 minutes

For shelling. Start at the south end of Salt Pond Bay Beach. Turn to the east on Drunk Bay trail along the north side. Dangerous Swimming area.