Last updated: April 2, 2021
The hike around Francis Bay Salt pond can range anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes or more. It all depends on how long you stop to listen to the birds or smell the flowers.
From the Factory parking area to the entrance of the accessible ramp is .5 miles.
Francis Bay Trail starts at the Francis Bay Sugar Factory. It continues past the Mary's Point Estate house and around a salt pond. The dry tropical forest and salt pond provide an excellent opportunity to view birds. The lower portion of the trail is an accessible boardwalk that continues through the mangroves to the two viewing platforms.
This is a nice easy hike for all ages. The hike around the salt pond does have rocky areas and slight hills but the board walk was designed for wheelchair and stroller access.
Francis Bay Trail and Salt Pond on west end of NPS Northshore Rd.
The boardwalk to the salt pond viewing platforms is wheelchair accessible. The rest of the trail is uneven and rocky. There is a steep climb from the parking lot at the Francis Sugar Factory to the beach and boardwalk. Those looking for easier access should park at the beach end of the trail.