Excerpted from St. John Off The
Beaten Track ©
2006 Gerald Singer
The 0.8-mile Water Catchment Trail runs between Centerline Road
and the North Shore Road. The trail is no longer maintained by
the Park and can be rugged at times. Nonetheless, the forest
environment is beautiful and rarely traveled. You can be relatively
certain that you will not meet other hikers on this trail.
A short spur trail lying about a quarter mile from the trailhead
on Centerline Road leads back to the Caneel Hill Trail.
The Water Catchment Trail passes an old stone retaining wall
and a concrete drainage gutter that used to feed the reservoir
with rainwater coming from the mountain valley via the natural
The catchment is an extensive concrete slab that catches rainwater,
leading it into a basin for temporary storage. From there, the
water is piped through the force of gravity to the Caneel Bay