The Hiker’s Guide to St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

One of the most unique attributes of St. John is the Virgin Islands National Park, which covers approximately 60% of the Island. Each year, about 500,00 people visit the park. The park is spread out on 14,737 acres and has 22 unique hiking trails to choose from. Whether you are looking for a full day adventure leading you through challenging terrain or a more leisurely wander through shady trees we have the trail for you!

Hiking Trails

Peace Hill Trail

Hiking level: Easy, Bring the kiddos!
Distance : 0.1 mile
Time: 10 minutes
Terrain : Scenic / Grassy
This short trail leads to a scenic grassy flat overlook with an old sugar mill tower. At the top of the Hill, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Trunk Bay and the north coast of St. John.

Salomon Trail

Hiking level: Beginner
Distance: 0.7 Miles
Time: 25 minutes
Terrain: Flat / Semi rocky
This enjoyable relatively flat hike leading to cozy Salomon beach. Salomon beach is usually not crowded and is very idyllic looking, just like you would imagine paradise

Cinnamon Bay Trail

Hiking level: Intermediate
Distance: 1.1 miles
Time: 1 hour
Terrain: Flat / Semi rocky
This shady hike begins around 100 yards east of the entrance to Cinnamon Bay Campground. Enjoy the educational marker signs describing various items and get a look at old Danish tombs.

Ram Head Trail

Hiking level: Intermediate
Distance: 1.1 miles
Time: 1 hour
Terrain: Pebble/ Sandy
This trail begins at the south end of Salt Pond Bay Beach winding up the hill. The gorgeous views at the top are well worth the hike up! This trail is less wooded offering enjoyable breezes.

Reef Bay Trail

Hiking level: Experienced
Distance: 2.2 miles
Time: 2 hours
Terrain: Moderately Rocky
This trail begins on Centerline Road and descends 937 feet through a shady forest. There is a variety of plant life to be seen while hiking. You can explore the aged sugar ruins and spot deer, mongoose, lizards and birds while you hike. The trail ends near Genti Bay at the Reed Bay Plantation.



For more secluded hiking trails and outdoor activities, check out the official Virgin Islands National Park website.

Hiking Tips

  • Bring plenty of water!
  • Pack a couple snacks like granola bars or sandwiches
  • Bring a small first aid kit with you in your backpack
  • Check the weather forecast the day of your hike
  • Learn what plants will be in the region that you need avoid such as poison ivy, oak or sumac
  • Have a compass and map of the area with you
  • Always let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to return

Looking for more secluded vacation ideas? Check out our guide to island hopping off the beaten track. Happy Hiking!