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