Right out of Cruz Bay about 20 yards past Mongoose Junction you can access this well-maintained trail heading up to two amazing summits with panoramic views. The Caneel Bay Trail has an elevation of approximately 700 ft. and is very challenging and not for the faint of heart. Connecting Cruz Bay with the North Shore Road, this uphill trail will definitely get your heart pumping as you rise to the top and well worth it especially if you’re heading to one of the North Shore beaches, or you can turn around at any time. This area of the island used to be dedicated to the cultivation of cotton in the late nineteenth century.
About a third of the way up the trail you will arrive at the intersection of the Caneel Hill Spur Trail, located to the left and heads downward crossing the North Shore Road and continuing on to intersect with the Upper Lind Point Trail. The Caneel Hill trail is located to the right and heads uphill.
The Observation Deck at the top provides a picturesque view of the North Shore of Saint John. Bring your binoculars for lots of bird watching along this trail such as cuckoos and thrashers abound the area. After a stop here to take it all in, you will experience more ascents and descents before arriving at Margaret Hill with a more natural view with lots of brush and an elevation of approximately 850 feet. There is a very short spur trail to the right which leads to a rocky outcropping along with a large flat rock with breathtaking views that are definitely a favorite on Saint John. If there has been recent rain, please be careful as this trail is for more experienced hikers. Pets are welcome, but must be leashed. Hiking boots would be preferred, but a full closed toed shoe is recommended. Wear appropriate clothing and bring some bug spray.
LENGTH: 2.4 MILES
TIME: 2 HOURS