St.John is not a large island but is part of a number of islands which make up the Virgin Islands group which itself is part of the chain known as the Lesser Antilles. The Virgin Islands belong to the United States or Great Britain. In the picture below, taken from the old Annaberg School grounds, the larger island of Tortola, part of the British Virgin Islands, can be seen across the channel.
The islands of the area were formed by volcanic eruptions which began some 100 million years ago. The volcanic nature of theislands is easily seen in the views presented here. The view below also looks north across the channel which separates St. John and Tortola. This shot is from the Centerline Road which runs across the mountainous spine of the island and features views of Great Thatch Island, Little Thatch Island, Frenchman Cay, and the large island of Tortola (pictured above). In 1833 some slaves tried to escape from St. John by swimming to Great Thatch across the channel known as "The Narrows" .
Most of Virgin Islands National is located on the island of St. John where it accounts for well over half the island. There are, however, two small portions of the park which are located on the larger neighboring island to the west, St. Thomas. However, a smaller portion of the park is located on Hassel Island in the harbor of the U.S. Virgin Islands' largest city, Charlotte Amalie. The two pictures below show this island. This section of the park is not fully developed.
Another very small portion of portion of the park is located on the extreme east end of St. Thomas near the village of Red Hook. Red Hook can be seen below from within the borders of the park itself.
This section of the park contains the park's administrative headquarters and a boat dock, shown partially in the picture on the left below. On the right is a view from the boat dock across the harbor toward the island of St. John to the east.
A different perspective from the dock can be seen below. In this picture the mountains of the island of St. John can be seen very clearly on the horizon.
Information about Biscayne National Park has been drawn from personal experience, data available in the park itself, and a number of other sources, including:
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