“A fantastic short run with amazing bird watching, Francis Bay Trail is a hidden gem.”
— Jon Eichner
Birding · Swimming · Views
No glass or smoking on the beach. Leashed pets are allowed on the trail but they are NOT allowed on the beach.
An amazing trail to experience the diverse flora amd fauna of the park.
Great for trail running. Extend your run by linking up Francis Bay with a road run to the Annaberg Ruins and even Leinster Bay Trail
There are two parking lots that can provide access to this trail, one down by Francis Bay Beach and a paved parking lot on the right on the way to Francis Bay. This is trail is built and maintained by Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting our National Park. A large portion of this trail is ADA and eco friendly. Almost half of the trail is built as a raised platform to protect the ecosystem of the local salt pond. Here you'll find many native species of birds and ducks. It is also common to see lots of land crabs, hermit crabs, iguanas, deer, mongoose and, of course, donkeys.
The trail can be completed as a loop using the dirt road or treated as an out-and-back if one wants to park in the paved area and enjoy a short run to the beach. Running this way you'll see some ruins on the right side from when this entire area of the island was used to raise cattle.
The National Park Service also offers Ranger-led bird walks here every Friday morning. Contact the NPS for more information at 340-693-PARK.
Flora & Fauna
One of the best bird watching spots on the island. Also lots of deer, donkeys, crabs, mongoose, and more.
Expect to see lots of Maho trees and Mangroves towards the pond. There is a large Tamarind tree towards the end of the ADA section. Running back towards the paved parking lot, you will see some cacti.