Jacksonville offers many hikes along the estuaries and a handful along its beaches, as well as a surprising number of urban parks with short walks ideal for families. It is a fabulous destination for off-road biking, and the paddling opportunities through the marshlands are superb. Plus, it has Florida’s only REI!

Nearby: Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Lake City, St. Augustine

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Trails and Parks in Jacksonville

  • Horses at Amelia Island Amelia Island State Park - A sweep of Atlantic Coast beach awaits along the southern tip of Amelia Island, where the sand glistens and the surf is frequently up. Amelia Island State Park protects 200 acres along the island's shore.
  • Arlington Park Arlington Park - A breezy walk along the St. Johns River is an easy way to start your day in Jacksonville at the Arlington Lions Club Park, with riverside boardwalks and a mile of trails
  • Big Pine Trail Big Talbot Big Pine Trail - The southernmost trail on Big Talbot Island is the 0.8-mile Big Pine Trail, a short walk out to a bluff above the estuary through a maritime hammock riffled by breezes
  • Bluffs Beach Walk Big Talbot Bluffs Beach Walk - At low tide, a walk along Bluffs Beach from the Bluffs Picnic Area of Big Talbot Island State Park brings rewarding views of the unusual black "rocks" and shimmering waters
  • Blackrock Beach at Big Talbot Island State Park Big Talbot Island State Park - For a taste of tidal pools and black rock beaches in Florida, get out of your car and walk down to the unique shoreline of Big Talbot Island State Park.
  • Black Rock Beach on Big Talbot Island Black Rock Trail - An unusual and picturesque geologic anomoly, Blackrock Beach at Big Talbot Island is covered with formations that look like black lava rocks but are made of sand
  • Campground Nature Trail Campground Nature Trail - At Little Talbot Island State Park, the 0.8-mile Campground Nature Trail offers a side of Little Talbot that the whole family can enjoy—along the estuary
  • Cary Nature Trail Cary Nature Trail - In the 3,413-acre Cary State Forest, the 1.4 mile Cary Nature Trail is hiking only, one among dozens of miles of multi-use trails, a great short walk for kids
  • Castaway Island Preserve Castaway Island Preserve - Along the meandering, estuarine San Pablo River, Castaway Island Preserve is a breezy spot to get away from the city and enjoy a breath of fresh air on a nature trail
  • Nice Wander Trail Florida Trail, Nice Wander Loop - In the Osceola National Forest, this short loop adjacent to Olustee Battlefield is one of the easiest places in the state to see red-cockaded woodpeckers
  • FT Northeast FL Florida Trail, Northeast Florida - 122.9 miles. The sweep of trail past Palatka towards Lake Butler involves some private timberlands and a string of public lands connected by short roadwalks, including Rice Creek Conservation Area, Etoniah State Forest, Gold Head Branch State Park, and Camp Blanding. The Palatka-Lake Butler Trail provides a connector, and the Osceola National Forest is at the northern end of this section.
  • Fort Caroline Fort Caroline - At the site of the original French settlement in Florida, circa 1562, the Hammock Nature Trail interprets the interactions between native Timucua and the French.
  • Fort George Island Fort George Island Cultural State Park - With layer upon layer of human habitation atop the highest hill on the Southeastern Atlantic coast, Fort George Island still shows signs of the human touch: the coastal scrub forest is filling in former golf greens.
  • Island Hiking Trail Island Hiking Trail - At Little Talbot Island State Park, the Island Hiking Trail is a 3.5-mile loop that guides you on a scramble over big dunes to a beach walk on the Atlantic Ocean
  • Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail - Following a historic railroad route that was the spark for the Battle of Olustee during the Civil War, the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail is an excellent bike trail that spans 14.5 miles from Jacksonville to Baldwin.
  • Jones Cut Trail Jones Cut Trail - The 1.5-mile Jones Cut Trail provides a meander into the heart of the maritime forest that carpets Big Talbot Island State Park, but it’s not the easiest trail to find
  • Hanna Park Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park - With cool ocean breezes and a plunge in the surf after your hike, the 2.7-mile trail at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park in Jacksonville is a great choice for a summer outing
  • Little Talbot Island State Park Little Talbot Island State Park - With one of the closest wild beaches to Jacksonville, Little Talbot Island State Park is a heavily visited park, and not just for its beaches. Paddling in the estuaries and camping amid the dunes are popular pastimes, too.
  • Loftin Nature Trails Loftin Nature Trails - In a densely wooded corner of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, the Robert W. Loftin Nature Trails are a prime place for trail runners and hikers to play.
  • Olustee Battlefield Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park - At Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, more than 10,000 Confederate and Union soldiers met and fought amid the longleaf pines in the largest battle on Florida soil. Like Gettysburg, Olustee has its own ghosts.
  • View from the bluffs at Pumpkin Hill Preserve Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park - Within city limits yet truly wild, Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park protects more than 4,000 acres as it rambles along the edges of enormous estuaries draining into the St. Johns River.
  • Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve Trails - Within the city limits of Jacksonville yet certifiably wild, Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve has trails winding through scrub and flatwoods on bluffs above the Nassau River.
  • Simmons State Forest Simmons State Forest - Ralph E. Simmons Memorial State Forest is a place to get away from it all, with more than 9 miles of hiking trails along the St. Marys River at Florida's northeast border.
  • Tillie K Fowler Island Trail Tillie K Fowler Island Trail - On a hike of nearly 2 miles, the Island Trail at Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park shows off upland and floodplain forest habitats along the Ortega River in Jacksonville.
  • Yellow Bluff Fort Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park - On a peninsula near the mouth of the St. Johns River, Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park protects a slice of Florida history from the War Between the States.

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