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St. John Trails: Peace Hill Windmill

St. John USVI Trails: Peace Hill and Denis Bay Trails

Excerpted from St. John Off the Beaten Track © 2006 Gerald Singer

Peace Hill Trail Map
Peace Hill Trail Map

Peace Hill is aptly named. From the hilltop at the end of the headland separating Hawksnest and Denis Bays, you can enjoy an absolutely spectacular view of the north coast of St. John and beyond. Years ago, a windmill was powered by the constant trade winds that passed unimpeded over the hill. The semi-restored ruin now provides a dramatic backdrop to the unique tranquility of the hilltop.

The trail to Peace Hill begins at the parking area located about a half mile east of Hawksnest Beach and leads to the top of Peace Hill. It’s a short easy walk, only about a tenth of a mile on a well-maintained track with a moderate grade.

Denis Bay Spur Trail
About 20 yards up the Peace Hill Trail, a 0.2 mile spur trail on the right leads to the western end of Denis Bay near Perkins Cay. This is not an official Park trail and although not regularly maintained, it is generally in good condition.

History of Peace Hill and Denis Bay

St. John Virgin Islands trails: Peace Hill Trail
Windmill at Peace Hill
St. John Trails: Denis Bay
Denis Bay
St John Trails: Peace Hill
View from Peace Hill