St. John Trails: Two Brown Bay Spur Trails

Donning my trusty Camelbak backpack, GPS and digital camera, I set out to photograph some items of interest on two spur trails off the Brown Bay Trail.

I parked up at the Annaberg Parking Lot and headed down the Leinster Bay Trail. It’s a really beautiful walk, starting out under the shade of a canopy of dry forest trees and then opening onto a shoreline trail. The view from the Leinster Bay Trail is nothing less than spectacular, the trade winds generated breeze refreshing and the trail is comfortable and easy to walk, level and well cleared.

Passing several groups of hikers on the way, I was impressed by how popular the trail has become. There were many yachts on the moorings, beach lovers at the beach and snorkelers plying the waters near and around Waterlemon Cay.

At the beach I headed up and inland on the Johnny Horn Trail.

The guard house near the top of the hill has been well cleared and there are great views of the bay and beyond from there.

Continuing on the Johnny Horn, passing the spur to the Murphy Great House on Windy Hill, I come to the Brown Bay Trail intersection and head north and down hill towards the coast. The trail is now well cleared and easy walking.

I’m looking for the spur trail that goes to an old graveyard. Heading east along the shore, I come to a salt pond on my left and begin looking out for the narrow, but supposedly easy to find spur trail to the cemetery, which I was told was located about 100 feet south of the Brown Bay Trail just before reaching (to the west of) the side track to the beach.

True to my friend’s word, the trail was easy to find and a short walk through the low lying forest leads me to an impressive cemetery, surrounded on four sides by beautifully constructed stone walls. The four feet high walls form an approximate square about 100 feet long on each side. Two pillars, one of which has since fallen down, at one time supported a gate.

Ornate metalwork surrounds the actual grave where a two year old boy was buried in 1860.

st john trails: grave at brown bay brown bay trail:cemetery walls st john trails: cemetery at brown bay

st john trails abattoir on brown bay trailReturning to the trail and again heading east, I pass the beach and begin to ascent a hill. On my left I find the steep path leading down to the coast where there are the remains of a stone structure, which I am told once served as an abattoir.

Update me when site is updated

One thought on “St. John Trails: Two Brown Bay Spur Trails”

  1. Dear Gerald,

    You’re famous so I thought I should keep up with you so that when you win the Lotto you send me a few thousand dollars (American). Been in touch with Alan Zweibel who has a bunch of Hollywood credits. Saw his name as writer of an episode of Monk (which is a series I loved) so I sent him an e-mail and he has replied a couple of times. He graduated UB in ’72, worked on SNL (met his wife Robin there) and still is busy writing stuff for shows. How come I don’t do anything? Must be the robo. Miss you a lot and hope all is well with you and yours. Don’t know if you’ll get this but if you do, know that I am thinking of you.

    Eli (also known as Blob)

Comments are closed.