St. John Off The Beaten Path
Remote sugar mill ruins--St. John
Sugar Mill Ruin on the way to Hawksnest...
Don't worry I am not on the road.
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StJ hiking trails pt1
Much of the content below is from VInowLind Point Trail(Distance: About 1 mile, Approximate Time: 1 hour) This trail connects the National Park Visitor Center in Cruz bay with Honeymoon Beach and Caneel Bay. The trail ascends to the scenic Lind Point overlook. The overlook is at an elevation of about 150 feet and offers a great opportunity to take pictures of Cruz Bay. At approximately at .7 miles, a side trail leads to Salomon Beach. The trail weaves through semi-dry forest and cactus scrubs.Caneel Hill Trail(Distance: About 2.5 miles, Approximate Time: 2 hours) This trail joins Cruz Bay with Northshore Road entrance to Caneel Bay. The trail leads up to a scenic overlook atop Caneel Hill. The overlook is at an elevation of 720 feet. The trail continues to Margaret Hill, elevation 850 feet, and then descends to North-shore Road. Caneel Hill Spur Trail(Distance: About 1 mile, Approximate...
hiking trails part 2
Much of the content below is from VInowLeinster Bay Trail/Road(Distance 0.8 mile, Approximate Time: 30 minutes) The trail follows the old Danish Road eastward along the shore from the Annaberg picnic area to Waterlemon Bay. This is a good place to swim. Snorkeling at Waterlemon Cay is very good.Johnny Horn Trail (Distance: 1.8 miles, Approximate Time 2 hours) This trail begins at Waterlemon Bay and crosses the ridges southward to the paved road at Emmaus Moravian Church in Coral Bay. The trail passes through sunny, dry forest.Brown Bay Trail(Distance: 1.6 miles, Approximate Time: 2 hours) The National Park cautions that this trail is NOT maintained! The trail begins from the ridge 0.7 miles out of Johnny Horn trail from Waterlemon Bay. The trail branches to the east and descends through a dry thorn shrub area and into a valley. The trail borders Brown Bay for a short distance and then...
Hiking St. John
Because 2/3 of StJ is National Park, you can find trails of all difficulties. Here is the best map I have found of StJ. It can be found at TrailbanditMuch of the tips below are from VInowHiking tips:-Use a map to plan your hike. -Tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Avoid hiking or swimming alone. Allow for sufficient time to explore, swim and rest. -Remain on park trails - some trails cross private property, do not trespass into private property. -Wear cool clothing, comfortable walking shoes. Sandals are not recommended. Sneakers are your best option. -Protect yourself against the sun and insects. -Bring water and snacks. -Do not leave items or garbage on the trails. Make sure you leave with all the items you brought with you. -Do not remove anything from the park property; this includes but is not limited to shells, rocks, artifacts, flowers, plants and animals....
Virgin Islands National Park HQ
You can also find maps and trail descriptions at the National Park website and Visitor center in Cruz Bay. Virgin Islands National Park 1300 Cruz Bay Creek St. John, VI 00830(340) 776-6201 ext. 238http://www.nps.gov/viis
Hike to the most remote beach on the island!
Take a ride up to Peace Hill right ouside of the main town of St. John. On top of Peace Hill is an abandoned sugar mill and a private hidden path down to Dennis Beach. This path is overgrown and winds down steeply through brush and trees. But once you get to Dennis Beach, paradise has been reached. The sand is perfect white and the water crystal blue. No one is on the beach so you can have it to yourself. Although, wierd things have happend on this beach and sometimes you are not alone.....
Soloman Beach is not talked about much. Trail from behind Park visitor center, mostly level trail but very rocky. Has turn to left downwards for beach. (little over one mile hike) Park occationally gets hair up butt about nudity so be careful. If you see others start striping, then go for it. During the winter of 2003-04, never saw any rangers.Bring water since none at beach.
Nude Beach area : Solomon or Trunk Bay
The reference was made to Solomon , but I have always known the area as Trunk Bay. Depending on who is 'on duty" as far as the rangers and all will depend on how far down the beach you need to go. Topless sunbathing has been allowed farily close to the visitors center from time to time; but normally you need to go to the left of the center towards a rocky area at the far left end of the beach, the closer you are to this area determines exactly how much you have to wear. If you go on the other side of the rocks, there is generally no problem being nude. Alot of sail boats occasionally will drop anchor in this area as well as the people on the boats can remain nude or come into the beach. My wife and I have used this area since 1982 without any problems...after all the park service and US govt does not have a law restricting nude sunbathing on govt owned or run property...hope others find...
Another way to go around the Island is Hiking.
Just like the little fellow , or girl ??, hiking trails are on the Island , the website of hiking trails is posted below.It is not advisible to do it like our little friend,but he or she did a good job staying on the side of the road.
Some very large nests can be seen in the trees out on the trails. These nests are not housing anything that will bite or sting, they are termite nests.
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