Hiking Timucuan Preserve

Visit one of the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast that covers a 46,000-acre area that was designated by Congress in 1988 to protect the complex salt marsh/estuarine ecosystem and historic and prehistoric sites between the lower St. Johns and Nassau Rivers. Public lands within the Preserve are administered by the National Park Service, the State of Florida, the City of Jacksonville, and the United States Navy. Discover 6,000 years of human history and experience the beauty of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks. The Timucuan Preserve includes Fort Caroline and Kingsley Plantation, but today we will be visiting the Theodore Roosevelt area of the park. We will follow the Willie Browne Trail to the bird platform (where we will have the chance to observe some of the 150 species of birds that live in the area), then follow the Timucuan Trail, then follow the Spanish Pond Trail to the Visitor Center, backtacking along the Spanish Pond Trail to bring us back to the Willie Browne Trail and back to the trailhead.  The total distance of the hike will be 4-5 miles. Leashed pets are welcome. 

We will meet at the Panera Bread at 4403 Roosevelt Blvd to figure out carpooling needs.  The drive to the hike will be about 40 miles round trip and we will share the cost of gas. Bring bug spray, water, and maybe a snack.

If you want to drive yourself directly to the trailhead, get directions here: http://goo.gl/maps/PG6Eb

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  • Joseph P.

    This is probably my favorite hike in the immediate area. Got to see some different wild life this time around, too.

    June 23, 2013

  • Anthony H.

    I had a great time. Thanks for organizing this Joseph!

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sitting outside eating breakfast

    June 22, 2013

  • Rob N.

    Hi Guys, I'm not going to be able to make it this morning. I sure hope you have a great and wonderful time.

    June 22, 2013

  • Anthony H.

    Joseph, I will meet you at the trail head. 9:15 or so? Which trail head should I meet you at?

    Anthony

    June 22, 2013

    • Joseph P.

      I think 9:15 should be about right or so. Use the link above to get directions to the parking lot. The street address is 13165 Mt. Pleasant Road, although the link I provided above is more accurate. The trailhead is right at the parking lot.

      June 22, 2013

  • Gwen T.

    Joseph, so sorry I won't make it after all. Have a wonderful walk and birdwatching.

    June 21, 2013

  • Bridget H.

    I look forward to exploring the Jacksonville parks and wildlife at your next event. :) I am on vacation doing some of my own airboating, boating, and fishing in south florida until the end of next week.

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still going to be in Jax for the fist time this weekend but it looks like rain. Hope to meet up my next visit.

    June 21, 2013

  • Dominick D.

    Hey gang, I am not going to be able to make this one. Hope it's a fun one and everyone has a great hike.

    June 20, 2013

  • Gwen T.

    Coming up from St. Augustine so I'll meet you there. Please let me know ETA.Thanks!

    June 16, 2013

    • Joseph P.

      Hi Gwen! We should be in the parking lot near the trailhead at around 9:15 or so.

      June 16, 2013

  • Joseph P.

    ATTENTION: Biting bugs, especially mosquitoes, are going to be a HUGE issue during this hike so MAKE SURE you bring BUG SPRAY.

    If there is interest we can go to lunch as a group afterward.

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am visiting Jacksonville for the first time later this month. This hike sounds like just my speed. Happy to have been recommended to the group.

    June 9, 2013

    • Joseph P.

      Welcome Brian! Glad to have you join us. :-)

      June 9, 2013

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