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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, trail conditions may vary significantly from the photos and descriptions below, all taken pre-hurricane. Check at the visitor center in Cruz Bay for current conditions.

Hiking Trails in Virgin Islands

There are trails and walking paths throughout the national park areas of St. John. The island’s terrain is quite steep and rugged, so hikes within the interior can be difficult at times. Trails lead to a number of secluded bays and beaches, while others lead to and through historical sites. Hiking distances given below are total, roundtrip distances unless otherwise stated. Difficulties are only a general guideline, for an adult in good condition, and do not take into account trail length. We strongly recommend you also have a good Virgin Islands Trail Map with you.

Annaberg Walking Trail

  • Trail Length: 0.3 miles semi-loop
  • Trail Difficulty: Easy
  • Trail Traffic: Moderate
  • Finding the Trailhead: This walk begins from the parking area located at the end of Leinster Bay Road. Take the Annaberg turnoff from North Shore Road, then take the right turn at the T intersection.

The Hike: This is not so much a hike as a walk around a historical area. Ruins of the Annaberg Sugar Mill are the main attraction here. Paved paths wander around the ruins of the various buildings of the area, and a great ocean viewpoint can be reached at the top of the area.

Cinnamon Bay Loop Trail

  • Trail Length: 0.5 mile loop
  • Trail Difficulty: Easy
  • Trail Traffic: Light to Moderate
  • Finding the Trailhead: This hike begins along the North Shore Road, just east of the main Cinnamon Bay turnoff point.

The Hike: This easy trail provides an easy way to tour some of the area’s history. The trail first visits an old sugar mill before heading into the woods. An old Danish cemetery, stands of Bay Rum trees, a plantation house, and a bake oven are among the other highlights of the trail.

Francis Bay Walking Trail

  • Trail Length: 0.6 miles out and back
  • Trail Difficulty: Easy
  • Trail Traffic: Moderate
  • Finding the Trailhead: The trail begins from the Francis Bay parking area, found by taking the Annaberg turnoff from North Shore Road, then turning left at the T intersection.

The Hike: This is an easy hike, with only one short hill to deal with. Near the beginning, it passes the ruins of an old plantation house. A short time later it arrives on the beach at Francis Bay. The hike can be continued beyond the beach and through mangrove forest to the Francis Bay Salt Pond.

Leinster Bay Trail

  • Trail Length: 1.6 miles out and back
  • Trail Difficulty: Easy
  • Trail Traffic: Moderate to Heavy
  • Finding the Trailhead: This trail begins from the parking area located at the end of Leinster Bay Road, the same area as the Annaberg Walking Trail described above. Take the Annaberg turnoff from North Shore Road, then take the right turn at the T intersection.

The Hike: This hike follows an old Danish road along the shore of Leinster Bay, at times disappearing into the shoreline vegetation. It is a mostly wide and gravel covered path. It ends at Waterlemon Bay, an excellent area for swimming and snorkeling. Beautiful views can be had all along this trail, right from the beginning.

Peace Hill Trail

  • Trail Length: 0.3 miles out and back
  • Trail Difficulty: Moderately Easy
  • Trail Traffic: Moderate
  • Finding the Trailhead: This “hike” begins from its parking area, located along the North Shore Road, just past the national park entrance sign. This point is about a half mile to the east of Hawksnest Bay.

The Hike: The very short length of this trail stretches the definition of hike, but the wonderful views at the top make it worth including here. It is an uphill walk, but it is so short that it should not prove difficult. The ruin of a windmill can be found at the top, along with the expansive views.

Salt Pond Trail

  • Trail Length: 0.5 miles out and back
  • Trail Difficulty: Moderately Easy
  • Trail Traffic: Moderate
  • Finding the Trailhead: This short hike begins from the Salt Pond Bay parking area, found by taking the road through Coral Bay and continuing south. Shortly after passing the parking area, the road becomes unpaved and rough.

The Hike: This trail provides access to Salt Pond Bay, and Salt Pond and Drunk Bay beyond. Although it is short, it is somewhat steep, and completely exposed to the sun. For this reason, it can be a little taxing on some people. This is one of the hottest areas on the island of St. John. Salt Pond Bay is a secluded beach, but plenty of people still find it.

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