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    Hike the National Park

    by jdpfu Updated Jun 19, 2011

    I hike for enjoyment, to see wildlife and some spectacular views. The trails were rocky, slippery and not always easy to navigate with very steep portions and parts that were overgrown with 6 ft tall grasses, still, after you've had all the sun, beach and island culture you can stand, it is good to get away into the woods.

    Watch out for killer geckos - ok, so no gecko will harm anyone, but still, you will see 5-20 of these along the less traveled trails.

    Stairway to Heaven according to the park rangers
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    Go on an amazing hike

    by islamonroe Written Nov 18, 2008

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    Take the bus to the Cinnamon Trail and hike down to Cinnamon Bay. It is about an hour hike through kumkuats, switchbacks and rain forest. Wear comfortable shoes and get a lift back because the hike back up could take a while. A very cool thing to do!

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    Cinnamon Bay Ruins

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    This is an easy loop of a hike that leads past the ruins of a sugar plantation. Don't confuse this hike with the Cinnamon Bay Trail hike. This one is quite easy compared to that one. There are signs here identifying sections of the plantation.

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    Francis Bay

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    There is a trail here that is very easy, but it's not necessary to hike to get to the beach. We heard that Francis Bay was a great snorkeling spot, but we just thought it was mediocre. It is a lovely, calm beach.

    See the fish?  You have to look closely!
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    Honeymoon Beach and Salomon Beach

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    The Lind Point Trail leads you to Honeymoon Beach and Salomon Beach. It's about 2 miles roundtrip to get to these beaches. The trail is relatively easy, but you do have a couple of steep hills to climb.

    Both beaches are very secluded, but I think they are gaining popularity because there was a bit of a crowd at both places. The snorkeling was okay here.

    Pelican at Salomon Beach Honeymoon Beach Snorkeling at Honeymoon Beach Salomon Beach
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    Lameshur Bay Trail

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    You park at Lameshur Bay and begin an uphill climb to Reef Bay Trail. It's about a 5 mile roundtrip hike. There are overlooks and other trails along the way. We stopped and saw petroglyphs along this trail. It is one of the most popular hikes in the Virgin Islands, but we didn't see many people along the way. Make sure you take plenty of water and try to go in the morning.

    An overlook Reef Bay Uphill Petroglyphs
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    Lameshur Bay and Little Lameshur

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    These beaches were very pretty and had ruins right on the water. These are more secluded beaches, so we were surprised to find a bit of a crowd here. We only swam for a short while and then hiked the trail that begins here.

    Ruins with Little Lameshur in background Lameshur Bay Lameshur Bay Little Lameshur
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    Ram's Head

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    This trail begins at Salt Pond Bay. It's about 2 miles roundtrip. There are some steep climbs, and watch out for the cactus plants that are everywhere. It was quite hot on the day we did this hike, but once we reached the top, there was a nice breeze to cool us off. The views from the top are worth it.

    Along the trail Looking down on Drunk Bay At the top
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    Drunk Bay

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    If you walk about .8 miles past Salt Pond Bay, you will reach Drunk Bay. This was an incredible beach to visit for a couple of reasons. First, the waves were crashing on the rocks like crazy. This was really the only time we saw big waves in the Virgin Islands. Secondly, because the waves throw so much rock and coral onto the beach, tourists or locals have created "people" all over the rocks. It was neat to walk around and see all of the creations.

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    Salt Pond Bay and Salt Pond

    by agapotravel Updated Aug 4, 2008

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    It is a short walk to Salt Pond Bay and Salt Pond. The two couldn't be anymore different.

    Salt Pond Bay is a peaceful beach with gorgeous white sand. It is great for snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing.

    Just a short walk away, is Salt Pond, a red pond full of salt that smells like sulphur. There were several people there collecting salt. I can't imagine getting in this water.

    Salt Pond Salt Pond Bay Salt Pond Bay Salt Pond Salt Pond
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    Bordeaux Mountain Overlook

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    We drove past the Chateau Bordeaux many times without realizing that while it is a restaurant, it also provides a beautiful overlook. We stopped in the afternoon and had the entire place to ourselves.

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    Johnny Horn Trail

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    You can get to the Johnny Horn Trail by first hiking the Leinster Bay trail. After hiking and snorkeling, we were a bit tired, so we only went up to the ruins at the top of the trail and turned around.

    The ruins The view from the top of the trail
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    Waterlemon Cay

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    To reach this beach/island, you have to hike the Leinster Bay Trail and continue past Leinster Bay. It's not far until you reach Waterlemon Bay. In the distance you can see Waterlemon Cay. It is great fun (and a bit scary) to swim out to this island and snorkel along the way.

    I am usually someone that sticks as close to possible to shore, so this was an impressive feat for me. It was amazing to look down and see the ocean floor 50-60 feet below you. As you get close to the island, the current is stronger, so be careful.

    There are tons of sea urchins and rocks when you enter this beach, so take caution until you get farther out into the water.

    I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys adventure. The hike and snorkel are a great combination.

    Waterlemon Cay in the distance Sea urchins Standing on Waterlemon Cay
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    Leinster Bay

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    To reach Leinster Bay, you have to walk the Leinster Bay Trail. It is an easy walk along the water. It is about .8 miles to reach Leinster Bay. It seems we just missed the sea turtles onshore. If you want to see them, arrive early in the morning.

    This beach was very secluded, as most people don't want to hike to get to a beach.

    A barracuda!!!
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    Annaberg Planation

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    The Annaberg Plantation is a huge estate on St. John. It was interesting to wander through these ruins (they are well preserved). It was established in 1718. There is no greathouse because the owner lived elsewhere. There is a cookhouse, jail, sugar factory, and windmill.

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