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Good place to walk/run on St. Croix?

 
KLJ555
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Hi,
My parents are coming down in January. They are accustomed to taking long walks and asked about places to walk here. Any thoughts? I mentioned the golf course, but the that didn't go over too well--I guess they thought they would get hit by a golf ball. They will be on the East end, but I don't think that's an impediment to going elsewhere. I've tried walking alongside the road, but I am always afraid of getting hit by cars who can't see me in the curves. Any beaches or roads that aren't too traffic laden that would be good for a walk? Thanks much in advance, KJ

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Topic starter Posted : December 14, 2008 7:12 pm
Juanita
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One of the best neighborhoods for walking is Judith's Fancy. They could probably park outside the gate and walk in. I don't KNOW they would be allowed, but they could ask the guard. I bet it's fine. I know people go through there to get to one of the beach areas.

I think there is a track at the Complex.

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Posted : December 14, 2008 7:46 pm
Linda J
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I would suggest the beach at Chenay Bay. You can park in the lot there and walk along the beach quite a ways.

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Posted : December 14, 2008 7:46 pm
STXResident
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The circle at the end of Ms Bea Road is good; not much traffic and beautiful views.

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Posted : December 14, 2008 7:55 pm
Jim Dandy
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The roads going back to and around Green Cay Marina, The Deep End, etc. With the speed bumps and brush free roads it is a good place to run/walk.

Jim

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Posted : December 14, 2008 8:06 pm
Betty
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I wouldn't recommend walking on the beach, its never the safest. Judith fancy is the best its a nice 2 mile loop. You park outside the gate, say Hi the guard tell her what you're doing and be on your way. The views are fantastic, its very safe and there are many other joggers and walkers in there usually. There is also a walking trail at the Buccaneer.

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Posted : December 15, 2008 10:20 am
islandtyme
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Where out east are you/they staying?
Walking Deerhill road ,across frm Bidelsparcher (sp)Real estate, and it loops around the old grapetree bay hotel & the beach.
Many of the side roads here are great for walking in the east & have fab views not to mention the east is rather safe. I know a couple folks that walk EVERY day there......PM me & I'll let you know who & I'm sure they would love the company on the walks 🙂

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Posted : December 15, 2008 10:45 am
Bombi
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The Cramer Park Point Udall road is lightly traveled. Park at Cramers.

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Posted : December 15, 2008 11:33 am
dougtamjj
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People walk all over Cotton Valley. There are some flat roads but most are hilly and not paved. We walk them with our 5 year old and he does pretty well.

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Posted : December 15, 2008 12:35 pm
limetime2
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I walk the Ha'Penny Beach regularly and over Thanksgiving took my Father in Law there. He loved it. It is a two mile walk down the beach and back and is always absolutely breathtaking for views ....and a great workout to boot. I usually take one or more dogs. I usually have a friend with me as well.

Lots of people walk this beach daily. It is as safe as any beach off the beaten track can be in this world of ours. I have never personally felt scared, intimidated or in danger AT ALL, but I do know of people who have had their cars broken into. (I leave mine open and unlocked and not a thing in it... and usually I drive my old car). I don't recommend anyone, especially a tourist, walk alone... but I highly recommend this beach as a great place to walk/run.

This beach is also great for swimming. 😉

(I also recommend Judiths Fancy and the Buccaneer walking paths. Both are good workouts, picturesque and very safe.)

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Posted : December 15, 2008 4:08 pm
DanBec
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Limetime2,
Ha'Penny beach, it's the one with pink pillars & a long dirt road? Wow, I live close maybe we could meet in the am one day while my hubby sleeps in......PM me if interested?

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Posted : December 15, 2008 10:22 pm
bathiel
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If they're not averse to driving to their walking spot, the North Shore Road from Lavallee to Carambola has spectacular views. There's little traffic on the road in the morning during the week, and the views can't be beat.

Bernie

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Posted : December 16, 2008 5:14 pm
KLJ555
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Everyone,
Thank you so much for the great suggestions. My parents are really excited to visit and I told them about all the great tips you have given us for walking spots. Who knows, maybe I'll get in shape by the end of their visit! Thanks a bunch, Kim

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Topic starter Posted : December 18, 2008 5:26 pm
KLJ555
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Hi,
I've been scouting out the recommended walking trails in anticipation of my parents visits and have been having a great time. I had a couple of quick questions:

--Where does one enter the Ha'Penny Beach? I noticed that there are two big pink pillars to the beginning of a dirt road and am wondering if that's where I turn in.

--Can the public go on the Buccaneer trails? If so, where are they on the property or should I just ask at the front desk?

--Is it safe to walk in Judith's Fancy by myself? I was walking on the road near the beach with a friend and it is so pretty. I know you don't want to get on the beach without company, but would the road near the beach in Judith's Fancy be okay?

Thanks in advance! Kim

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Topic starter Posted : December 31, 2008 8:03 pm
Linda J
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Yes, the road between the pillars is the way to get to ha'penny. The beach is at the end of the road to the right.

At the Buccaneer, park in the parking lot just before the guard station. Enter the golf course path through the gate at the end of the parking lot. If you have doubts, ask the gate guard, he will point out where to start. This path goes around the edge of the golf course and is safest early in the day and just before dusk. Keep your eyes open for flying golfballs. I don't know if "technically" non guests are supposed to use the walking path, but lots of locals do.

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Posted : January 1, 2009 8:38 am
limetime2
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There are several groups that walk Judith's Fancy in the mornings. Maybe you would want to join them. I know one group runs very early in the morning there. It's pretty safe, but ya know... I just wouldn't recommend walking alone there or anywhere. Find a friend or at least take a big dog with you (that's what I do).

Buccaneer is an excellent walk. I've never had a problem with wayward golf balls and you can start by walking the flat "track"... and advance to the hilly 'er' full walk which is about 3 miles.

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Posted : January 2, 2009 6:11 pm
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