Sun, Jan 29, 2017, 7:00am: Hike to Sandy Point

General info for all hikes and walks: Hikes and walks are $5 for members, and $10 for non-members (become a member). Unless otherwise noted, the pace for hikes is moderate, lasting 3-5 hours, covering 3-5 miles, the terrain is hilly, footing is sometimes uneven, and we follow trails and possibly paved or dirt roads. Walks are easier and shorter than hikes, and usually follow paved or dirt roads, no trails. The guide may periodically stop and talk along the way. Bring sturdy, comfortable walking or hiking shoes, water, snack, bug spray, rain poncho, and camera. Shorts or long pants are OK. For day hikes, bring a hat and sun block. For night hikes, bring a small flashlight. There are usually about 20 people. We depart about 30 minutes after the posted start time. For some hikes, we will meet at the indicated location, then drive a short distance to the hike location.

Specific info for this hike: Explore the beautiful southwest corner of St. Croix. The hike will be 4.5 miles total on flat terrain, mostly on roads, and with long distances on deep sand. We will discuss the natural, cultural, historical, and marine resources of the refuge. Olasee Davis ecologist, is our tour guide.

Bring swim wear, sunscreen and towels if you want to swim.

Meet at 7:00am at the entrance to Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge.

See the meeting spot on Google Maps

Driving directions: Go west on Melvin H. Evans Highway (Rt. 66) to the very end. At the blinking light at the intersection of Rt 661, continue straight west for another 4/10 of a mile, until you reach a "Sandy Point" sign, and a parking area.

Area info: Known as Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, the area was once mined for sand, from the late 1970's to 1982. The West Indies Investment Company mined the beach sand to within 100 to 150 feet of the southeast shoreline. Over the years the shoreline has restored itself.

It was Otto Tranberg, a native Crucian who began the campaign to protect the turtles. In 1979, the US Fish and Wildlife Service designated a strip of land as "critical habitat" for the nesting of leatherback turtles. There are also over 100 species of birds, and endangered plants in the area. It is the longest beach area in the Virgin Islands, and its geological formation is unique in this region of the Caribbean. The coral reef system and open sea that surrounds Sandy Point support a large variety of marine organisms.

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