Petroglyph Pool Waterfall

Deep in the Virgin Islands National Park among tall trees, crumpling ruins, and centuries-old carvings you will be able to spot the Petroglyph Pool Waterfall. This tall fall cascades down to fill a pool that is famous for something more than the waterfall alone.

As you stand at the base of the falls where it empties into a pool, you will have to arch your neck up to view the top of the waterfall as it flows over the forty-foot cliff. Despite the height, the many trees and plants along the wall keep the water running slowly and does not produce much sound.

Although the waterfall is attractions enough, it is historic petroglyphs here that really draw tourists to this spot. At the base along the walls and just above the waterline, you will find carvings made by the Taino Natives etched into the rock wall.


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The only way to reach the waterfall is to hike down a couple of trails. Due to unforeseen closures and weather conditions, it is highly recommended that you stop by the Visitor's Center and pick up a current map and talk to a Park Ranger about any urgent information.

Situated on the southern part of the island of St. John, 3.3 miles east of downtown Cruz Bay, Petroglyph Pool Waterfall is situated within Virgin Islands National Park, and happily welcomes local customers and vacationers who are lodging on this part of the island or nearby. However, even if you aren't staying nearby, you are free to drop by for some fun in the sun. From this location, Coral Bay is two miles (three and a half kilometers) to the east-northeast.

Nearby Restaurants

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in the neighborhood nearby Petroglyph Pool Waterfall. T'ree Lizards Restaurant, which has a menu full of American fare, is also the closest restaurant to the waterfall. The restaurant is only about a mile and a half from Petroglyph Pool Waterfall, so stop by and eat up! Gwen's and Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis are some of the other dining possibilities in close to this natural attraction. At Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis you and your party will be able to test out Caribbean fare and enjoy the Virgin Islands scene.

Nearby Attractions

Other kinds of nearby attractions include Petroglyphs, which is less than a hundred yards away St. John. You might also want to think about making the trip to Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

The waterfall is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are closest.

Attractions Near Petroglyph Pool Waterfall
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location Island
Petroglyphs Historic Site 0.0 mi. (3.5 km) NW 2.2 mi. West-Southwest of Coral Bay St. John
Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins Historic Site 0.3 mi. (3.3 km) SE 2.0 mi. South West of Coral Bay St. John
Par Force Estate Ruins Historic Site 0.4 mi. (3.1 km) E 1.9 mi. South West of Coral Bay St. John
Lamshur Bay Trail GeoFeature 0.6 mi. (3.3 km) SE 2.0 mi. South West of Coral Bay St. John
Reef Bay Trail GeoFeature 0.7 mi. (2.9 km) N 1.8 mi. West of Coral Bay St. John
Virgin Islands National Park -- 0.9 mi. (3.3 km) N 2.0 mi. West of Coral Bay St. John
Lameshur Bay Ruins Historic Site -- -- 2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Coral Bay St. John
Rebellion Gut Historic Site 1.4 mi. (2.8 km) W 1.8 mi. East of Cruz Bay St. John

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The National Park is open all 24 hours a day and seven days a week.


There is no fee to enter the National Park where the Petroglyph Pool is located.


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