by Angela St. Hilaire
I had the opportunity to take a hike up the Magens Bay Nature Trail on a recent visit to St. Thomas. I have hiked this trail many times before as I spent over 20 years on this beautiful island; my children were raised there. At any time of day, it is quite invigorating, but mornings are my favorite time. This trail is a 25-acre donation by Frank McConnell to The Nature Conservancy and is dedicated to McConnell’s mother Virginia.
You will see small crabs rolling around on the hike and enjoy the loud screams of the multi-colored parakeets flying overhead. Most of the trees along the way have a name signs that describe their characteristics and you will see plants like agave and the beneficial noni. Throughout the day, nature will display itself at its finest in so many ways!
If you choose to enjoy this adventure, please wear proper shoes (sturdy cross-trainers or hiking shoes with a good grip) as the terrain is uneven and can be slippery from dew or rain – please tread with some caution. There may be areas where you’ll be required to stabilize your upward journey with ropes, and bring some water with you. Once you reach the top, take a moment to breathe the fresh air and take in that fabulous view before descending back down to Magens Bay Beach for a nice cool dip in sea.
Magens Bay has a full-service beach facility managed by the Magens Bay Authority. The beach property and adjacent acreage were deeded in perpetuity to the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands by Arthur S. Fairchild, and is considered one of the world’s most beautiful! For more information about the Magens Bay Beach and Nature Trail, contact the Authority at 340-777-6300 or visit their web site, http://www.magensbayauthority.com/.