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Address: Virgin Islands National Park, St. John

This nature trail is a good place for birdwatching.

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Good nature trail

One of the better trails we took on the island for seeing wild animals. Had a few deer follow us almost all the way to the beach.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the better trails we took on the island for seeing wild animals. Had a few deer follow us almost all the way to the beach.

Thank Vwbuggin
Tavares, Florida
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705 reviews
447 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 815 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Not a difficult "hiking trail" but more of a nature trail. Half a mile long and passes through the ruins of the Francis Bay Estate House, then leads to the beach. A friendly deer followed us to the beach. I found a hole in the ground with a giant blue crab defending it. Once on the beach, there was an... More 

2 Thank FlaHarlock
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150 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

We hiked this short trail after visiting Francis bay. The bay is more protected than the rest of the North shore so it can be better snorkeling if the water is choppy elsewhere. The trail passes the remains of a nice historic building and also passes a salt pond where you can bird watch. It ends back at the road... More 

2 Thank Rodney B
Elverson, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

This was one of favorite beaches and trails. Sp peaceful and beautiful snorkeling. There is always a gentle breeze there and it is not crowded.

2 Thank babfyfawn1963
Fairfax Station VA
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52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed times at Francis Bay so eventually did the trail. Not bad, but nothing that special.

Thank MM_CM_81
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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147 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

If you are into wildlife and birds, this is the best place on the island. The trail is flat and easy to walk around once or twice in a visit. Lots of birds on the pond visible from either platform or from the trail on the east side of the lake. The bugs can get bad and are the only... More 

2 Thank 2367andy
Waretown, NJ
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

I did this trail twice during our stay in April 16. I am a birder, and the variety of birds is awesome. The trail was only about 1.2 miles long, and starts off as a dirt trail with a slight downhill elevation, but was fine with just teva sandals. Once you get to the end of the dirt trail at... More 

1 Thank bennette4796
Towson, Maryland
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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016 via mobile

We hiked the trail on a whim, and it's a nice way to get another view of the bay. I wish I had on better shoes as it does get a little bit strenuous as you go higher above the bay. We would have hiked further, but it was a little treacherous in flip flops. We did see gorgeous views... More 

Thank krissp1
Denver, Colorado
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36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Great snorkeling in the bay - calm. Lots of turtles near shore eating in the grasses. Other fish can be observed by snorkeling near the rocks either toward Maho or east side. Avoid early morning or late afternoon due to bugs! The road is being paved so plan on entry and exit issues for the next few weeks.

Thank leisurebug2016
Westport, Connecticut
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70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

It's about a 1/4 mile or so to the beach. You can continue further through the turtle nesting area. There are a couple of vistas along the way. It's a rocky path in places, but can be done in flip flops, just be sure to lift your feet. The beach is your reward, with plenty of tropical fish, rays and... More 

2 Thank hopexporer

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