Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail
“If you only have enough time to hike one trail, then the Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail is the trail for you. Also, because the trail is relatively short, flat and shady, it’s a perfect choice for those who would like to experience a taste of the St. John interior, but who might be put off by the prospect of a long hike on the often hilly and rugged terrain characteristic of the St. John forest.” excerpted from St. John Off The Beaten Track
Represented on the Trail are three important stages of the economy and life on St. John in days gone by, the sugar industry, the emergence of bay rum and the subsistence economy that existed from the end of slavery to the beginning of the present day tourism economy.
The old sugar works are in good condition and you can see the remains of the horsemill where the sugar cane was ground up and juiced and the factory where the juice was boiled down and evaporated to produce the crude sugar and molasses that were stored in the building that once existed where the stone columns are alongside the road.
The bay rum distillery lies in back of the sugar factory and the aroma of the bay trees fills the air from the surrounding forest.
On the other side of the gut you can find the stone bake oven and the old estate house, which was destroyed by a hurricane and rebuilt in the subsistence farming days.
All this can be easily seen along well-maintained paths and wheelchair accessible boardwalks.
You can pick up the half-mile trail that leads through the forest crosses the gut and heads back to the ruins. Here you’ll pass through a stand of bay rum trees planted in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and walk by an old Danish cemetery. You can also enjoy the interesting flora on the trail such as guavaberry, hog plum, calabash and mango trees as well as one of the few cocoa trees still in existence on the island.
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