The Annaberg Historic Trail (St. John): This paved walk is only .25 miles long, but it’s a highlight of the 10,000-acre U.S. Virgin Islands National Park. The trail traverses the ruins of what was once the most important sugar-cane plantation on the island. Slaves’ quarters, a windmill tower, and ballast-brick buildings are remnants of a long-vanished era. Stunning views look toward Tortola and Jost Van Dyke on the opposite side of Sir Francis Drake Passage.
The “Rain Forest” Hike (St. Croix): At the northwestern end of St. Croix lies the 15-acre “rain forest,” dense with magnificent tropical foliage. The little-traveled four-wheel-drive roads through the area make great hiking paths.
Virgin Gorda Peak (Virgin Gorda): Trek to the top of the island’s highest peak, Virgin Gorda (414m/1,359 ft.), on this 50-minute round-trip hike through tropical forest. The views from the top are utterly breathtaking—you’ll have views of both the Caribbean and Atlantic oceans.
The Sage Mountain National Park Hike (Tortola): This 3- to 4-hour hike is one of the most dramatic in the British Virgins. It goes from Brewer’s Bay to the top of Mount Sage, the highest peak in the Virgin Islands, at 523m (1,716 ft.). Along the way, you’ll see intriguing ruins of old homes in addition to the beautiful flora and fauna of the park’s primeval forest.
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