Virgin Islands National Park, Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands National Park s hills, valleys and beaches are breath taking. However, within its 7,000 plus acres on the island of St. John is the complex history of civilizations both free and enslaved dating back more than a thousand years, all who utilized the land and the sea for survival.

Virgin Islands National Park Info


Virgin Islands National Park

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News

Summer jobs at Virgin Islands National Park! Two (2) positions for adults 21 and over and eight (8) positons for youth between ages 15 and 18

Virgin Islands National Park is advertising several positions for the 2019 Youth Conservation Corps program.

Virgin Islands National Park Announces New Cinnamon Campground Operator and Immediate Cleanup for Redevelopment

New concessionaires for Cinnamon Bay Campground and food and beverage services to begin debris removal.

Cinnamon Bay Campground update

Cinnamon Bay Campground redevelopment pauses to remove small amount of asbestos piping.

Virgin Islands National Park Photos

Virgin Islands National Park

Stabbur's Master posted a photo:

Virgin Islands National Park

Annaberg Sugar Mill located on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The sugar works were built between 1797 and 1805 when the island was a Danish colony.

The US purchased the island from Denmark in 1917. St. John is the smallest of the three Virgin Islands - 60% of the island is a national park.

The windmill tower is 38 feet high. Revolving sails turned a central shaft which rotated rollers to crush the sugar cane.

Virgin Islands National Park

Stabbur's Master posted a photo:

Virgin Islands National Park

Annaberg Sugar Mill located on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The sugar works were built between 1797 and 1805 when the island was a Danish colony.

The US purchased the island from Denmark in 1917. St. John is the smallest of the three Virgin Islands - 60% of the island is a national park.

The windmill tower is 38 feet high. Revolving sails turned a central shaft which rotated rollers to crush the sugar cane.

Virgin Islands National Park

Stabbur's Master posted a photo:

Virgin Islands National Park

Annaberg Sugar Mill located on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The sugar works were built between 1797 and 1805 when the island was a Danish colony.

The US purchased the island from Denmark in 1917. St. John is the smallest of the three Virgin Islands - 60% of the island is a national park.

One of the kettles or 'coppers' inside the boiling house used to boil down the sugar cane juice.

Virgin Islands National Park

Stabbur's Master posted a photo:

Virgin Islands National Park

Annaberg Sugar Mill located on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The sugar works were built between 1797 and 1805 when the island was a Danish colony.

The US purchased the island from Denmark in 1917. St. John is the smallest of the three Virgin Islands - 60% of the island is a national park.

Virgin Islands National Park

Stabbur's Master posted a photo:

Virgin Islands National Park

Annaberg Sugar Mill located on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The sugar works were built between 1797 and 1805 when the island was a Danish colony.

The US purchased the island from Denmark in 1917. St. John is the smallest of the three Virgin Islands - 60% of the island is a national park.

Annaberg Sugar Mill

keppet posted a photo:

Annaberg Sugar Mill

St John used to be run by the Danish and like many Europeans, they were engaged in the slave trade. St John was given over to growing sugar and this involved tearing down the jungle and putting up terraces. A lot of heavy labour and only "profitable" with slaves. That was the phrasing used on the information boards. We need to change the definition of profit to include more than money. Hard to believe that anyone profited from this. In the end, the slaves rebelled (1733) and later (1917) the US gained St John and other Virgin Islands from the Danes in exchange for giving up claim to Greenland and $25M in gold.

St John is full of ruins from the sugar era such as this windmill.

Honeymoon beach

keppet posted a photo:

Honeymoon beach

Should be renamed wedding beach as there was a wedding group taking photos to the left of this photo. The bride and groom went into the water and got drenched but appeared happy.

This beach was fun to access via the Lind Point trail.

Cinnamon Bay

keppet posted a photo:

Cinnamon Bay

The beaches were perfect. Shame I don't much care for beaches. I take a few photos and vamoose.

This is my 24th US National Park. There are 60 in total. It's hard work to see them all... Some are harder than others of course.

Boingy boingy

keppet posted a photo:

Boingy boingy

There were so many of these lizards darting and indeed leaping around. They really seemed to bounce from one place to another. And then pause for a photo finish.

Virgin Islands National Park

Stabbur's Master posted a photo:

Virgin Islands National Park

Annaberg Sugar Mill located on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The sugar works were built between 1797 and 1805 when the island was a Danish colony. It is part of the Virgin Islands National Park.

The US purchased the island from Denmark in 1917. St. John is the smallest of the three Virgin Islands - 60% of the island is a national park.

The oven and boiling house.

Virgin Islands National Park

Stabbur's Master posted a photo:

Virgin Islands National Park

Annaberg Sugar Mill located on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The sugar works were built between 1797 and 1805 when the island was a Danish colony. It is part of the Virgin Islands National Park.

The US purchased the island from Denmark in 1917. St. John is the smallest of the three Virgin Islands - 60% of the island is a national park.

The oven and boiling house.

Virgin Islands National Park

Stabbur's Master posted a photo:

Virgin Islands National Park

Annaberg Sugar Mill located on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The sugar works were built between 1797 and 1805 when the island was a Danish colony. It is part of the Virgin Islands National Park.

The US purchased the island from Denmark in 1917. St. John is the smallest of the three Virgin Islands - 60% of the island is a national park.

The oven and boiling house.

Virgin Islands National Park

Stabbur's Master posted a photo:

Virgin Islands National Park

Annaberg Sugar Mill located on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The sugar works were built between 1797 and 1805 when the island was a Danish colony. It is part of the Virgin Islands National Park.

The US purchased the island from Denmark in 1917. St. John is the smallest of the three Virgin Islands - 60% of the island is a national park.

The oven and boiling house.

Jungle run

keppet posted a photo:

Jungle run

This is the life for me. Unfortunately, jungle grows very fast. Elevated boardwalks are a great way to preserve some sort of route for people (though there weren't many of these). I didn't get much hiking in - there were some longer trails but this was my first day there and I couldn't really deal with the humidity and heat well enough to push myself to so them. I was quite content with my short bouts of exploration.

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Eugenia earhartii, growing in thick duff of a tropical dry forest on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands within the Virgin Islands National Park. This specimen is host for native epiphytic and parasitic plants, including an butterfly orchid (Psychilis macconnelliae), a bromeliad (Tillandsia utriculata) and four-angel leechbush (Dendropemon caribaeus).

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Overlooking Trunk Bay a beautiful location on Saint John and part of Virgin Island National Park.

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The flowers of this species exhibit a pinkish cast, and they erupt directly from beneath thick, crusty bark exfoliating in plates. European honey bees, introduced to the island decades ago, are now being promoted by the local agriculture department, to the detriment of native pollinators.

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An illegal trail was cut through the core population at
Europa Bay, prompting temporary closure of the area to the public.

Virgin Islands National Park - Caneel Bay Beach

Stabbur's Master posted a photo:

Virgin Islands National Park - Caneel Bay Beach

The Virgin Islands National Park makes up about 60 percent of the island of St. John.

We took a tour of the national park on a cruise shore excursion. The island and park were absolutely gorgeous.

I was very upset to hear how the island was decimated by Hurricane Irma.

A view of Caneel Bay beach.

Virgin Islands National Park - Trunk Bay Beach

Stabbur's Master posted a photo:

Virgin Islands National Park - Trunk Bay Beach

The Virgin Islands National Park makes up about 70 percent of the island of St. John.

We took a tour of the national park on a cruise shore excursion. The island and park were absolutely gorgeous.

I was very upset to hear how the island was decimated by Hurricane Irma.

A view of Trunk Bay beach.