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Francis Bay Trail

Address: Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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Type: Hiking Trails, Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking
Owner description: This nature trail is a good place for birdwatching.
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Type: Hiking Trails, Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking
Owner description: This nature trail is a good place for birdwatching.
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Minnesota
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94 reviews 94 reviews
44 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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145 reviews 145 reviews
65 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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Chicago, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
26 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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