View From the Caneel Hill Summit

If you don’t mind a somewhat strenuous uphill climb, or if you appreciate the exercise in a natural environment, the trail to the top of Caneel Hill and beyond, if you like, is a “St. John Off The Beaten Track” highly recommended hike.

There are two ways to do this. You can start at the beginning of the Caneel and Margaret Hill Trail starting from the bottom of the North Shore Road (Route 20) near Mongoose Junction or take the Caneel Hill Spur Trail at the top of the first hill on Route 20. For more information, maps and photos download your St. John Off The Beaten Track App or check out the “Trails” page of the SeeStJohn.com website.

Caneel Hill Overlook: Cruz BayLooking west from the Caneel Hill Tower, you get a bird’s eye view of Cruz Bay and further west you’ll see some of the cays in Pillsbury Sound and the east end of St. Thomas.

Caneel Bay ViewLooking north and west, you’ll look down at Caneel Bay and out to the outlying  islands, rocks and cays in that direction.

View of Jost Van Dyke from the Caneel Hill TrailMore to the east is a view of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin islands and the Narrows Passage between Great Thatch Cay and Mary’s Point on St. John.

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