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Francis Bay Trail

Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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Type: Hiking Trails, Trails
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking
Description: This nature trail is a good place for birdwatching.
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Plainfield, Illinois
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
60 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Chicago, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Schedule would not allow for the ranger tour which offers just a trip down and a boat ride back. The uphill is a bit of a drag so make sure you have enough water. Petroglyphs are well worth it as are the ruins from some of the sugar plantations along the way.

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Kansas City, MO
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Had a very nice time here.. Way less crowded then Trunk and Cinnamon. Had the beach to ourselves here one morning for almost an hour and that is almost unheard of during spring break! Not a bad snorkel here over by the rocky area.

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Andover, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

The amount of birds were impressive, but the ruins were just alright, and it could have used more view points.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

This was a quick sidetrip. We've been to St. John 5 times and never before took this hike. It is very easy on a level boardwalk through the mangroves. You have a few opportunities to look out over the pond with a lot of birding opportunities, herons, etc. Nice, peaceful setting,andthe trail ends up on Francis Bay beach with great... More

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Somers, Connecticut
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We walked the trail, with the kids, to the beach in the late afternoon. The ruins along the trail were beautiful, and when we got to the beach, we were the only ones as far as the eye can see. Which is pretty far, because Frances and Maho Bays run together. This is definitely worth the hike. We went snorkeling... More

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St. John
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

A great way to enjoy nature on St John. An easy walk along a pond (Partial board walk) where you can enjoy the local bird life. Winter months will treat you with visiting birds but they are not always the same. The beach is close by so you can enjoy the beautiful water along with some bird watching. The pond... More

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