The Outdoors Issue: Listings

HIKING TRAILS

BIG TALBOT ISLAND STATE PARK

12157 Heckscher Dr., A1A, Ft. George Island, 251-2320

Five separate hiking trails on a sea island with diverse habitats, ideal for photography and birdwatching.

BLACK CREEK PARK & TRAIL

Green Cove Springs/Fleming Island, 386-329-4404

It’s the staging area for a 7-mile pedestrian/bicycle trail along U.S. 17.

EGAN’S CREEK GREENWAY

2500 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 277-7350

Grass-covered, mosquito-controlled roads can be used for walking or bicycling. A spot for birdwatchers, open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; leashed dogs allowed.

FAVER-DYKES STATE PARK

South of St. Augustine at I-95 & U.S. 1, 794-0997

Two 5-mile hiking trails, several miles of land available for hiking, and a dock for launching canoes and kayaks.

FLORIDA NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL

352-378-8823, 877-445-3352, floridatrail.org

More than 1,400 miles of continuous trail from Gulf Island National Seashore near Pensacola to Big Cyprus National Preserve near Miami and Naples. A portion of the Florida Trail is in the southwestern quadrant of Clay County.

GUANA TOLOMATO MATANZAS RESERVE

South Ponte Vedra Beach on A1A, 823-4500

Hiking and biking along 9-plus miles of nature trails and old service roads through the interior of the reserve.

JACKSONVILLE/BALDWIN RAIL-TRAIL

2 Imeson Rd., Jacksonville, 573-2498

The 14.5-mile trail (converted from abandoned rail tracks) is perfect for biking, hiking, in-line skating
and running.

KINGSLEY PLANTATION, half-mile north of Mayport Ferry Landing, Ft. George Island, 251-3537, nps.gov

A national park within Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, Kingsley Plantation is the oldest remaining plantation house in Florida, complete with ruins of slave quarters. Free admission. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

LITTLE TALBOT ISLAND STATE PARK

S.R. A1A, Heckscher Dr., Ft. George Island, 251-2320

A 4-mile nature trail on a sea island with maritime forests, dunes and saltmarshes, just south of Big Talbot Island.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT AREA

13165 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Jacksonville, 641-7155

Part of Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve. Four miles of hiking trails over sand dunes and through maritime forests, and an observation tower.

TILLIE K. FOWLER REGIONAL PARK

Timuquana & Roosevelt Boulevard, Jacksonville

The 509-acre park has 3 miles of mixed hiking trails and two miles of off-road biking trails, through sand hills, forest and swamp. Open 5 a.m.-9 p.m. 

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA

4567 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Jacksonville, 620-1810

Five miles of nature trails and boardwalks through a natural preserve. Trails are open daily, sunrise to sunset.

 

ORGANIZED RUNS/MARATHONS

ORTEGA RIVER RUN 2014, dailysortegariverrun.org 

The annual event is a one-mile fun run (8 a.m.) and a 5-mile Grand Prix race (8:30 a.m.) March 1 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School, 4114 Oxford Ave., Ortega.  Proceeds benefit scholarship students. 

LIGHTHOUSE 5K & FUN RUN, lighthouse5krun.com 

The 22nd annual run is 4:30 p.m. March 1 at St. Augustine Lighthouse, 81 Lighthouse Ave. The fun run is at 5:30 p.m. The course includes 3.1 miles through Lighthouse Park and Davis Shores. Register online by Feb. 28 at lighthouse5krun.com. 

FINNISH LINE RUN CLUB 5K

The course starts at 1st Place Sports at the Markets at Town Center and concludes at BlackFinn American Grille, 4840 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Center, 6:30 p.m. March 3, 10, 17 and 24.

 

PRS RUNNING CLUB, 316-8

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