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Best Hiking Trails in US Virgin Islands


These three islands, part of the Lesser Antilles, are territories of the United States.  They include St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix, with St. Thomas being the most commercialized and where most people will arrive.  There are very low mountains to explore on these islands, especially in the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John. The main areas for hiking are on St. John including the popular Reef Bay Trail, Caneel Hill, Johnny Horn Trail and Bordeaux Mountain. The best months to hike in the US Virgin Islands are December to March. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in the US Virgin Islands. 

Capital: Charlotte Amalie

When To Hike in US Virgin Islands?

December – March: Fairy dry
April: Some rain
May – November: Rainy; chance of hurricane in some of these months

Climate: Tropical – hot and humid throughout the year with a drier and rainier season


US Virgin Islands Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy: National park site lists all the established trails.  There are trails not on the national park website but are in various apps. 

Transportation required: Car


Most popular hikes in US Virgin Islands

The main hiking is found on St. John, in the Virgin Islands National Park. Highest Mountain: St. Thomas: Crown Mountain (474 m) St. John: Bordeaux Mountain (392 m) St. Croix: Mount Eagle (350 m)

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St. Croix Island

  • Goat Hill seems to be the biggest hike and it’s fairly easy

St. John

St. Thomas

  • Mermaid’s Chair hike

Long Distance Trails of US Virgin Islands

US Virgin Islands's Walking & Hiking Resources

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US Virgin Islands Books: 

  • Lonely Planet Caribbean Islands, by Paul Clammer, Marc Di Duca, Alex Egerton, 2021, Lonely Planet Publications – https://amzn.to/43On8qT
  • Fodor’s U.S. & British Virgin Islands, by Fodor’s Travel Guides, 2020, Fodor’s Travel – https://amzn.to/3PWrAxQ


US Virgin Islands Hiking Associations/Clubs:


Best Hiking Trails in US Virgin Islands:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from national park websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Reef Bay Trail – St. John
  • Johnny Horn Trail – St. John
  • Lameshur Bay Trail – St. John
  • Bordeaux Mountain – St. John
  • Mermaid’s Chair – St. Thomas
  • Ram Head Trail – St. John
  • Petroglyph Trail – St. John
  • Caneel Hill – St. John
  • Cinnamon Bay Trail – St. John

 Easy Hiking Trails in US Virgin Islands:

  • Goat Hill – St. Croix
  • Francis Bay Trail – St. John


US Virgin Islands Hiking Websites:


US Virgin Islands Official Tourism Site:  


US Virgin Islands Hiking Apps: 


US Virgin Islands Hiking Maps:

What Else To Do

  • Beaches

Other Important Points