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

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A nice find.....

We came upon Francis Bay Trail and were glad that we did, it was a nice, easy and shady hike! We came in the back way after parking near the beach, so we were pleasantly... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
amk95
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Fort Worth, Texas
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We came upon Francis Bay Trail and were glad that we did, it was a nice, easy and shady hike! We came in the back way after parking near the beach, so we were pleasantly surprised to come upon the ruins and easy walk back along the road.

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Morrisville, Vermont
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83 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

This is a nice nature walk. The boardwalk, built by the local Rotary Club, goes through a salt marsh forest to a salt pond. There were ducks and other waterfowl present from the lookout areas built along the boardwalk. It was a nice quiet view of the area. The boardwalk then continues on to the beach where you can get... More 

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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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51 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

This was fun and beautiful. Hiking and beach all in one. The owner of where we stayed highly recommended Francis Bay, glad we took his suggestion.

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Thank luv2sunOIB
Pennington, New Jersey
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Get up early and enjoy watching many ducks herons and stilts on this secluded salt pond. The trail is challenging so if you want an easier option park at the beach and walk along the boardwalk

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Thank jsw1960
Los Gatos, California
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131 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This was an easy and enjoyable trail. We saw pintail ducks and some other birds, plus a bat. Shaded, so enjoyable if hot.

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Thank ClaireWilson36
Houston, Texas
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155 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

The Francis bay trail was a little different than most trails on the island since it went around a pond. There is a lookout at one point of the trail where you can see both the pond and Francis bay. Part of the trail is a boardwalk with views into the pond.

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Thank Tracy D
St. John, US Virgin Islands
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52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

The physical location is stunning, and if you are not around when the bugs come out (often around 4:00 p.m.), it is well worth the visit. But Francis is one of the more "buggy" beaches on St. John, so come prepared with repellant! Nature at its' fullest!

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Thank needham
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217 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Good spot for birding in St. John. We arrived early and saw some ducks and egrets in the pond. Look for the little crabs on the ground along the boardwalk. Be careful along the boardwalk because it can get slippery.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

this visit was a great turtle day. We saw over 5 turtles, small and large, but just eating around. I have been to this beach many times, but this year, it was not too crowded, and it was really nice

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McKinney, Texas
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50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016

Wow, what a great find this one was. This was a great beach for us, we spent the whole day there. Plenty of shade, great snorkeling on the far right-hand side near the rocks, and plenty of room to spread out. We saw 7 different sea turtles, a squid and a sting ray here. Put this on your "to visit"... More 

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