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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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for the birds ;)

Very easy short trail around a salt pond. But there is a mild grade either down or up depending on where you start from. For birders, this is a well known location. We saw LOTS of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Candace W
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Norfolk, Virginia
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Norfolk, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Very easy short trail around a salt pond. But there is a mild grade either down or up depending on where you start from. For birders, this is a well known location. We saw LOTS of black necked stilts and white cheeked pintails with a few others including a sora. Watch out for the no see ums. I got chewed... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This was a nice little .25 mile hike with a bridge rough the mangroves at the end. You go past some ruins and along a bridge to the beach, then my kids discovered could have just walked down the road for a minute or two and gotten there much more quickly :)

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Avon, Ohio
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562 attraction reviews
1,348 helpful votes 1,348 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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