Virgin Islands National Park
Hit the Trails of a Tropical Paradise
Almost half of the 20-square-mile island of Saint John lies within Virgin Islands National Park. There, you’ll find 25 miles of trails that lead to ancient petroglyphs, Danish plantation ruins, and white-sand beaches. But when I was growing up on the island, I knew almost nothing about the volcanic paradise’s impressive singletrack network. It wasn’t until my 20s, when my wife and I flew back for annual visits, that we began a long tradition of tackling one of the many rugged loops or out-and-backs to start our day, collapsing in the ocean to cool off afterward. Start with the Cinnamon Bay Trail, a 2.4-mile round-trip route that starts and finishes at a postcard beach and has stunning views of the ocean halfway up the 700-foot climb, then try the five-odd-mile Caneel Hill Trail. —D.O.
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