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.


Petroglyph Pool Waterfall, on the same premises as Virgin Islands National Park, is found on the southern part of the island of St. John, 3.3 miles east of downtown Cruz Bay; it's 2.2 miles to the west-southwest of Coral Bay.

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.

Nearby Restaurants

If you find yourself hungry after viewing the waterfall, no problem -- you'll discover an impressive array of lunch and dinner options within traveling distance. The closest place to eat to Petroglyph Pool Waterfall is Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant, which serves Caribbean food. Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant is a short distance away, but far-off enough that you may want to make plans for taking advantage of a mode of transport to get there. Also close-by, you and your group will find options including T'ree Lizards Restaurant and Gwen's giving you several food and drink options.

Nearby Attractions

You'll find at least one or two additional activities in the area, including Petroglyphs, which is less than a hundred yards away St. John. Also think about visiting Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

Being able to choose from some other activities will ensure you won't get bored. The following table contains a list of attractions nearby.

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

More Information


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.

Location: St. John


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