Category Archives: St. John Virgin Islands Trails

Water Catchment Spur Trail

Caneel Bay Water Catchment
Caneel Bay Water Catchment

Starting across the road (Route 20) from the entrance to the Caneel Bay Resort, you can access the Water Catchment Spur Trail and hike back to your starting point. The entire loop involves less than one mile of hiking.

The Caneel Hill Trail is well maintained and relatively easy going, although you will be hiking uphill until you reach the trailhead for the Water Catchment Spur.

At the beginning of your walk you will pass by an old stone wall alongside the trail, which I believe marked an old cart road back in plantation days.

Follow the trail uphill until you arrive at the intersection of the Caneel Hill and Water Catchment Spur trails.Take the Water Catchment Spur Trail, which goes off to your left and downhill until you reach the Caneel Bay water catchment.From the catchment you can follow the dirt road down to the North Shore Road (Route 20) and walk back to the Caneel Bay Resort entrance.

 

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Josie Gut

Josie Gut, Reef Bay Trail, St. John USVI
Josie Gut Horsemill Wall

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The Reef Bay Trail passes through the old Josie Gut Estate about a half-mile from the trailhead at Centerline Road and goes right by the remains of the horsemill and the sugar factory.

The sugar works at Josie Gut, like the Reef Bay sugar works further down the trail date back to the early 19th century. The estate was owned and operated by the Hans Henrik Berg from the 1820s until his death in 1862. Berg served as governor of the Danish West Indies in 1848 and again from 1853 -1862.

Jossie Gut is also significant for using a surface water collecting and distributing system, the remains of which still exist on the opposite side of the trail from the horse mill.

Horsemill
The horsemill lies on a circular platform 65 feet in diameter. It is supported on the lower side by a 16-feet high stone retaining wall, which has a small storage room built into it. The upper side of the horsemill  is cut into the hillside and can be seen on the other side of the trail.

Factory
The remains of the Josie Gut sugar factory lie just below the horsemill. It was built almost entirely out of native stone, with the exception of bricks, used to line the doors and windows and the buildings corners.

The factory is T-shaped. The stem part of the T ends just three feet from the horsemill wall. This part of the factory was single-storied and housed the boiling house. The firing trench can be seen on the back or downhill side of the wall.

The top of the T contained the storage and curing rooms. Two remains of two staircases can still be seen.

Dam and Cistern
On the other side of the trail above the horsemill are the remains of a dam and cistern including a sluice way and gutter that led to the cistern

Ox Pound
North of the factory (up the trail and on the other side of the gut) you can still see what’s left of the old ox pound and two stone buildings.

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Monday 3/16

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mirkut
5:30-8:30
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Beach Bar
Buddha Council
9:00
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Concordia
Open Mic
4:30 – 6:30
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Cruz Bay Landing
Chris Carsel
6:00-9:00
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Inn at Tamarind Court
Quest Theory
7:00
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Shipwreck Landing
Dave Gerard
6:30-9:30
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Virgin Fire
Mark Wallace & Broheem
6:00 – 9:00
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Shortcut Margaret Hill Overlook

The Shortcut to the Margaret Hill Overlook

Margaret Hill OverlookThere are two great overlooks on the Caneel and Margaret Hill Trail, one at the top of Caneel Hill and the other near the Margaret Hill summit. Beginning hike at the trail heads involves steep climbs, but there is an easier alternative.

View from Margaret Hill Caneel Margaret Hill Trail Overlook St John USVI overlooks: Margaret Hill

St. John News

Mongoose Fire
Smoke From Mongoose Junction Fire

A fire at Mongoose Junction yesterday afternoon destroyed several businesses and damaged others…. read more

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Saturday 1/24

Beach Bar
Don Dilego & Bree Sharp
8:00
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Cruz Bay Landing
Erin Hart
6:00-9:00
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Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel & Friends
6:00-9:00
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The L’Esperance Ruins

The Ruins at Estate L’Esperance

St. John Live Music Schedule

Friday 1/16

Aqua Bistro
Steven Sloan
5:30-8:30
340-776-5336

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
8:00
340-201-1236

Cruz Bay Landing
Bri Felix
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30-9:30
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel & Friends
6:00-9:00
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Virgin Fire
Inner Vision
6:00 – 9:00
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Lind Point Battery Overlook

The Lind Point Battery Overlook

You can access the Lind Point Battery Overlook by hiking the Lind Point Trail, which begins at the National Park Visitors Center in Cruz Bay.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Friday 1/9

Aqua Bistro
Steven Sloan
5:30-8:30
340-776-5336

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
8:00
340-201-1236

Beach Bar
Sol Driven Train
9:00
340-777-4220

Cruz Bay Landing
Bri Felix
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30-9:30
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel & Friends
6:00-9:00
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Virgin Fire
Inner Vision
6:00 – 9:00
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America Hill Estate House

America Hill Estate HouseFriends of the Virgin Islands National Park have again cleared the old America Hill Estate House, which had been previously cleared in 2009 also by Friends volunteers.

You can access the old estate house,  via a spur trail off of the Cinnamon Bay Trail.

 America Hill Estate House Front View  America Hill Side Wall

View West toward St. Thomas
View to the West

St. John Live Music Schedule

Wednesday 12/31

Aqua Bistro
Mark Wallace
5:30-8:30
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Beach Bar
West Lindy & 3rd String All Stars
8:00
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Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am
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Coconut Coast Studios
St. John Flutes
5:30 – 7:30
340-776-6944

Cruz Bay Landing
Matt Mirkut
6:00-9:00
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Shipwreck Landing
Chris Carsel
6:30-9:30
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Skinny Legs
New Year’s Eve Dance Party with DJ I-Duane
9:00
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Virgin Fire
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 – 9:00
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South Shore Trail Views

View From Europa Point
The View from Europa Point

These two photos sent to me by Robert Garrison reminded me once again of the magnificent views afforded on the south shore trails, Tektite, Yawzi, Cabritte Horn and Europa Point.

Cabritte Horn
Cabritte Horn Point

St. John Live Music Schedule

Tuesday 12/30

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
8:00
340-201-1236

Beach Bar
T-Bird
8:00
340-777-4220

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am
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Cruz Bay Landing
T-Bird
6:00-9:00
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St. John Trails: Yawzi Point Trail

Yawzi Point Trail
Yawzi Point Trail

St. John Beaches Lameshur Bay
Lameshur Bay

The road out to Lameshur Bay and the Yawzi Point Trail is presently in terrible condition. Poor drainage and poor water management has created deep pools of water that cover the entire roadway. So unless you’re a mosquito looking to lay eggs or brave of heart with a proper vehicle, I would advise waiting until we have some consistent dry weather before attempting this drive.

The Yawzi Point Trail begins at the eastern end of the beach at Little Lameshur Bay and ends at the tip of the peninsula at Yawzi Point. This narrow headland divides Great Lameshur from Little Lameshur Bays. The 0.3-mile trail passes through thorny scrub vegetation, century plants, cactus, maran bush and frangipani.

Although there is no historical substantiation besides the fact that name of the headland is reminiscent a disease, island lore has that people infected with yaws, an infectious tropical disease causing destructive skin and bone lesions similar to leprosy, were once forced to live, and die, here.

Yawzi Point Trail Ruin Ruin on Yawzi Point TrailNear the beginning of the trail, about half way up the first hill, you will find the remains of two old stone buildings.

About 200 yards further down the trail, a short spur to the left (east) leads to a small cove surrounded by large rocks. A profusion of wild spider lilies abound in and among the rocks and on the hillside. For experienced snorkelers, this is a good place to access the excellent snorkeling around Yawzi Point and on to Little Lameshur Bay. Excerpted from St. John Off The Beaten Track

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Steven Sloan
5:30-8:30
340-776-5336

Cruz Bay Landing
Bri Felix
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30-9:30
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs St John Virgin Islands
Chris Carsel & Friends
6:00-9:00
340-779-4982

Virgin Fire
Inner Vision
6:00 – 9:00
340 244-9713

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