Petroglyph Trail

Overall Rating

Overall rating
 
4.8
General Impression
 
4.9
Views & Vistas
 
4.6
Well Marked Trail
 
5.0

This trail starts 1.5 miles down the Reef Bay trail. Mysterious rock carvings are located at the end of the trail. In rainy season a small waterfall and stream run through the rocks; in dry season the stream becomes small brackish pools.

Trail Information

  • Located on the Southside
  • 0.46 Miles Trail
  • 30 minutes Hiking Time
  • Moderate Hike

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Petroglyph Trail

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Reef to petroglyph trail
Overall rating
 
5.0
General Impression
 
5.0
Views & Vistas
 
5.0
Well Marked Trail
 
5.0

The petroglyph trail is a small .2 length trail off of the Reef Bay Trail, so there is about 1.5 miles of downhill hiking to get to it.  It had been raining on and off all week so the waterfall at the petroglyphs was rushing and petroglyphs were easy to see.  Very easy, short trail off of Reef Bay Trail.  It is a must see.  

JV
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Beautiful Place
General Impression
 
5.0

This was a short trail off the main Reef Bay Trail. It was shaded and through a beautiful forested area. Saw some hermit crabs, lots of little lizards and deer. The petrogplyhs were neat – noted 3 areas with symbols, some faces and a cross. Very cool spot; the forest, little trickle of water on the rocks, pools of water, the dragonflies flying by and mongoose scurrying about – it all creates a great sense of communion with nature.

C
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How to Determine Hiking Difficulty

Easy

Hiking
  • Little Gain
  • Short Distance
  • Fair Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Moderate

Hiking
  • Moderate Gain
  • Medium Distance
  • Good Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Challenging

Hiking
  • Significant Gain
  • Medium Distance
  • Good Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Difficult

Hiking
  • Significant Gain
  • Longer Distance
  • Excellent Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Use a Map

Hiking on St. John is a popular activity that lets you enjoy the tropical outdoors. We recommend using the St. John Trail Bandit Hiking Map/Guide to plan your hikes. 

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Hiking Tips

  • 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.
  • Pace yourself to prevent fatigue. Watch footing on wet rocks and trails made rough and slippery at times by heavy rainfall.
  • Do not eat unknown fruits, nuts or berries. Some plants and fruits are poisonous and can cause allergic reactions. Do not touch unfamiliar plants. Avoid handling or picking plant life that may harbor stinging insects, cause rashes, scratches or skin punctures. Many plants have thorns beware, look but don’t touch. Some ground covering shrubs cause severe itching – it is in your best interest to stay on trails.
  • Do not climb on fragile historic structures. Leave artifacts in place.
  • Hike early and return early.
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