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Address: Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking
Description: This nature trail is a good place for birdwatching.

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A Nice Easy Trail to a Quiet, Pretty Beach

While one can drive right up to Francis Bay Beach, you will need a high clearance 4WD vehicle to do so; otherwise, you will need to take this easy, short 0.5 mile (0.8k) loop... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Steve1362
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Avon, Ohio
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Avon, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

While one can drive right up to Francis Bay Beach, you will need a high clearance 4WD vehicle to do so; otherwise, you will need to take this easy, short 0.5 mile (0.8k) loop trail to reach the beach. However, even if one can drive right up to the beach, you may still wish to take this nice trail instead.... More 

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Worcester, MA
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Francis has great snorkeling > Go to the right when you enter the beach and head toward the rocks, can see some great marine life!

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Minnesota
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44 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Very easy trail; interesting ruins of a very fancy house, then a nice boardwalk along the pond with various waterfowl. We parked at the sign at the end of the paved road. The boardwalk ends at the beach where the dirt road ends. We walked back along the dirt road, which is level but has low wet spots that were... More 

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Latham, New York
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14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

My wife and I got up early to do the Friday AM birdwatching tour and were not disappointed. Saw numerous waterfowl in the marsh as identified by the ranger. The beach itself is also excellent with many turtles apparent for snorkelers.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

It was easy as pie, and no one else around. The estate ruins are beautiful, and made it my absolute favorite hike on St. John.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Francis Bay Walking Trail is about a 0.5 mile walk. It began as a path thru some bushes and leads past an abandoned Great House. Then it opened up into a wide dirt path beneath trees. You are quite close to the water and can hear the birds. Then it became a lovely boardwalk path winding thru the trees. Tiny... More 

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Plainfield, Illinois
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22 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We were looking for a short trail for our 5 year old. This one was perfect. It is .4 miles long. You park by an old building just before the parking to francis bay beach. Shortly after entering the trail you come upon some ruins of an old house. Then you walk downhill toward the beach. At the bottom of... More 

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Peterborough, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This was the only place we encountered large numbers of biting bugs on the beach. So while we didn't use the trail be prepared with bug spray when you reach the bay.

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PETOSKEY
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65 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

A very easy hike to a wonderful place to snorkel and relax. Sea Turtles love to congregate here. Barracudas and Stingrays are also here to view while snorkeling.

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Bumpass, Virginia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Incredible site for birding. The boardwalk through the mangroves gets you out to where you can see tons of birds. Bring a spotting scope if you have it.

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