Virgin Islands National Park

Virgin Islands National Park

The park includes areas of clear turquoise water and lush green mountains, and a total acreage of 12,908.60. Extensive vegetation covers many of the historic features of the park landscape, and roads and trails follow 18th-century cart roads to scenic plantation ruins. Early Carib Indian relics found in the park testify to the presence of the original Caribbean inhabitants. Many of the sugar plantation ruins are found along the ridges of the north coast and in the valleys of the south coast. Following the collapse of the plantation economy in the mid-19th century, the fields were abandoned and gradually reverted back to a natural growth of bush and forest, enveloping many of the buildings.