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Address: Virgin Islands National Park, St. John

This nature trail is a good place for birdwatching.

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Los Gatos, California
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Los Gatos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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

Thank ClaireWilson36
Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Tracy D
St. John, US Virgin Islands
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4 of 5 bubbles 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!

Thank needham
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank Lovetotravelforfun
St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

Thank floridalin
McKinney, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank Brandiebb
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 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.

1 Thank Vwbuggin
Tavares, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 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

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