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, located at Virgin Islands National Park, can be 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

There are several picks of restaurants to choose from in the community nearby Petroglyph Pool Waterfall. The most nearby eatery to Petroglyph Pool Waterfall is Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant, which has a menu full of Caribbean meals. Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant is a small ways off, but removed enough that you will probably want to make advance plans for having some means of transport to get there. T'ree Lizards Restaurant and Gwen's are some more nearby lunch and dinner possibilities where you will be able to try something different in the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Additional local activities include Petroglyphs, which is less than a hundred yards away St. John. You might want to also think about visiting Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins, which is another attraction nearby.

If a visit to the Petroglyph Pool Waterfall isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

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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