Virgin Islands National Park, along with the surrounding area, was devastated by Category 5 hurricanes in September 2017. Things are back to normal in many ways, as far as visitation goes. However, the Cinnamon Bay camping and lodging area remains closed. Many vacation rentals are open again, and many others are not.
Virgin Islands Fast Facts
- Virgin Islands National Park covers a total area of 14,689 acres
- The number of people visiting Virgin Islands in 2019 was 133,398 (All Years)
- Virgin Islands was made a national park on August 2, 1956
- The lowest elevation found in Virgin Islands is 0 feet at the Atlantic Ocean
- The highest elevation found in Virgin Islands is 1,277 feet on Bordeaux Mountain
- There is no entrance fee for Virgin Islands National Park, other than a day use fee at Trunk Bay
- Virgin Islands National Park lies in the Atlantic time zone
Random Facts About Virgin Islands
- Unlike the rest of the United States, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, vehicles drive on the left side of the road.
- There is no fresh water source on the island of St. John. All water used is collected from the rain, or trucked in at very high prices.
- Trunk Bay, one of the many bays in the Virgin Islands, has been named by some the most beautiful beach in the world.
- One of the more unique national park trails can be found at Trunk Bay in the Virgin Islands – a 225-yard long underwater snorkeling trail
- The United States purchased the Virgin Islands from Denmark in 1917. The Danish were the first to permanently settle the islands, in the early 1700s.
- More than half of the land on the island of St. John lies within the park boundaries.
Where is Virgin Islands National Park?
The island of St. John is one of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea. Visiting Virgin Islands National Park will require, at minimum, a flight to St. Thomas, and a ferry ride to St. John. This is not a park you can just drive to, and it requires a good amount of advanced planning. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Virgin Islands.
More About Virgin Islands
We have pages on all sorts of things about Virgin Islands National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, Hiking Trails, and pages to buy Books and Trail Maps. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.