At Francis Bay there is a short loop trail with 2 entrances which is great for bird watching. You will also see deer and land crabs.


The Trail begins at the restored stone building. It is a relatively easy 0.3-mile walk with only one small hill. The trail goes through a  forest, past ruins and on to the beach at Francis Bay.


It then winds through a mangrove forest and passes by a  pond before emerging from the mangroves at the dirt road between the beach entrance and the paved road at Mary’s Creek.


Guided Tours:

The National Park Service sometimes offers a guided bird watching walk along the trail. The schedule is here:


A guide to the birds of St. John can be found here or you can use the following book:

Bird Identification on St. John

Bird: The definite Visual Guide

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