This hiking trail is why we love Saint John because we get to experience the richness of history, picturesque views, and nature at its best through the plantlife, wildlife, and sealife. The view at the top of the Johnny Horn Trail is a trillion percent worth this very challenging hike and can be steep at some points on the trail. You can take this hike all the way from Coral Bay to the Annaberg Ruins on the North Shore. There are several ways to access the trail: Leinster Bay Trail (1.8 miles), the Brown Bay Trail (2.2 miles), and Coral Bay (1.8 miles). Whichever way you choose you will be immersed in Saint John history. And when you reach the top and experience the Windy Hill House Ruins and beautiful views of Waterlemon Cay, Mary’s Point, Leinster Bay and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, you will know it was worth every sweaty step.
This hike does not provide much shade so bring a hat and wear a rash guard for more sun protection. Fair warning, bring plenty of water. Make sure to take a breather along the way to enjoy the beautiful flowers in bloom along these trails. Add some snorkeling to your trip at Waterlemon or Brown Bay as the sealife is just waiting to entertain you.
The Leinster Bay entrance from the North Shore is located at the Annaberg Sugar Plantation Ruins parking area. You will walk along the Waterlemon Bay beach. As you reach the trail and head up, this trail provides access to the Old Danish Guardhouse ruins which provided protection for channel to the Annaberg Plantation in Leinster Bay. When the trail intersects with the Johnny Horn Trail take a left to head up to the Great House, otherwise continue on till you reach Coral Bay.
The Brown Bay entrance is past Coral Bay on the left heading to the East End. This trail is 1.6 miles and when it intersects with the Johnny Horn Trail, then you have another .5 miles to the top of the Windy Hill Great House Ruins.
The Coral Bay entrance is the road next to the Emmaus Moravian Church and get ready because it is steep steep steep. Some folks prefer to drive up about a 1/4 mile and park. The hike up provides access to the Great House ruins approximately 1.8 miles which is a great place to stop for a snack or drinks as there is a picnic table and views beyond your wildest imagination.
DISTANCE: 1.8 MILES
TIME: 2 HOURS