Reef Bay Trail
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15. Reef Bay Trail
Length: 2.2 miles. Time: 2 hours, each way. Difficulty: 2, descending; 3, ascending. Carry insect repellent and water.
Trailhead: The Reef Bay Trail begins 4.9 miles east of Cruz Bay on Centerline Road. A stone barrier on the side of the road marks the trail beginning. There is a small pull-off area on the opposite side of the road for a handful of cars.
The Reef Bay Trail is one of park's best hikes since it is representative of the island's vegetation. Longer than most, it is the trail on which the Park Service provides scheduled tours down the trail to Reef Bay.
Along the way, you'll pass the visible ruins of 4 old sugar estates and have the chance to see the famous petroglyphs.
On the park-run outings, a boat picks you up at Reef Bay for return to Cruz Bay , eliminating the return ascent.
You'll pass several
drainage gullies but watch for the pockets of shale; they can be icy-slick
even when dry. These drainage gutters, centuries old,
keep the trail in good condition. The Danes built the stone gutters
to carry water across--not down--the road, preventing washouts, despite
the steep terrain.