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Lind Point Trail

St. John USVI Trails: Lind Point Trail

Excerpted from St. John Off The Beaten Track © 2006 Gerald Singer
lind point trail map
Lind Point Trail Map

The Lind Point Trail begins at the parking area behind the National Park Visitors Center and leads to the beaches at Salomon and Honeymoon Bays. Hiking time is approximately 45 minutes and the maximum elevation gained is 160 feet at the Lind Point Battery Overlook.

The Lind Point Trail passes through two classes of island environments, cactus scrub between Cruz Bay and Lind Point and dry forest on the wooded slopes of Caneel Hill east of Lind Point. In colonial days, this area was known as Estate Lindholm and was dedicated to the cultivation of cotton.

(A beautiful snow-white ram goat can frequently be seen by early morning ferry passenger. We have a small video clip of the impressive fellow - click here to see the Lind Point White ram Goat Video)

Night Blooming Cerius
After crossing a dirt road, the trail rises gradually in elevation and follows the eastern shoreline of Cruz Bay.

Here the track is lined by tangles of night blooming cerius, a cactus-like plant that once a year produces a magnificent white flower that opens at night and closes before sunrise the next morning. The flower is followed by the production of a delicious red fruit that tastes something like a kiwi.

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Intersection of Upper & Lower Trails

On to Lind Point
About a quarter mile from the trailhead, the path splits into upper and lower branches. The upper trail will be to your right while the lower trail continues straight ahead. Both trails access Salomon and Honeymoon Bays. The lower trail is slightly shorter and less hilly, than the upper trail, but does not pass the Lind Point BatteryOverlook as does the more scenic upper trail. The upper trail gains elevation through a series of switchbacks and then continues north toward Lind Point, the headland that defines the northern extremity of Cruz Bay and the northwestern corner of the island. When you get to Lind Point, a loop trail on your left leads to the Lind Point Battery Overlook.

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Lind Point Battery Overlook

Lind Point Battery Overlook
During the era of the Napoleonic wars, England, along with most of Europe, had united against Napoleon and his revolutionary government in France. Fearing for the security of her West Indian colonies, Britain turned her attention to the Danish West Indian islands of St. Thomas and St. John. If the French took control of these islands, they would undoubtedly use the strategic harbors of Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas and Coral Bay on St. John to set up bases from which Tortola and the rest of the British West Indian colonies could be attacked. It was a likely scenario.

Denmark never had a strong military presence in the Caribbean and St. Thomas and St. John could easily have fallen prey to the French. The British decided to make the first move. They sent a fleet of warships to St. Thomas, whereupon the Danes surrendered before a single shot was fired.

British troops occupied the Danish West Indies on two separate occasions, once in 1801, for almost a year, and then again in 1807, this time remaining until 1815. In order to secure Cruz Bay harbor, the British built a battery (fortification) on Lind Point. The “English Fort” as it was called by the inhabitants of St. John at the time, was no more than a semicircular terrace supported by a stone retaining wall upon which cannons were placed to defend the harbor. The cannons are no longer there, but the retaining wall remains. In place of the weaponry, there is now a wooden bench where you can sit and enjoy a view of busy Cruz Bay Harbor backdropped by unspoiled tropical scenery.

Sunset at the Lind Point Overlook photos

More Lind Point Battery Overlook Images

From Lind Point to Salomon and Honeymoon Bays
From Lind Point, the trail turns right, or east, and follows the northwestern coastline though a dry forest environment. Many of the rock formations along the hillsides are covered by epiphytes (air plants), such as bromeliads and anthuriums. Other rocks bear intricate designs created by lichen growing on the surface of the stones.

Salomon Bay Spur
The Salomon Bay Spur Trail intersects the upper and lower Lind Point trails about a quarter mile from Lind Point. This trail descends to the western end of Salomon Beach. A second spur trail connects the eastern end of Salomon Beach with the lower Lind Point Trail.

Caneel Hill Spur
For those not going to Salomon Bay, the Lind Point Trail continues straight ahead intersecting the Caneel Hill Spur Trail further east. This trail intersects both the lower and upper Lind Point trails before crossing the North Shore Road (Route 20) near the entrance to the National Park housing area. The spur then continues up the mountainside to an elevation of 300 feet where it meets the Caneel Hill Trail.

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Animal Control Gate

On to Honeymoon Bay
East of the Caneel Hill Spur intersection, the Lind Point Trail descends to the beach at Honeymoon Bay near a large tamarind tree. Cross over the dirt road to get to the beach. This road heads east towards the Caneel Bay beach and the Caneel Bay Resort.

Lind Point Trail - Blog Article 04/21/2009

Lind Point Scrample