Hiking Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a 120-acre urban woodland full of trails for you to explore and enjoy.

From the trailhead next to the parking lot, a stabilized walkway encircles a beautiful two-acre lake. This trail gently descends about 25 feet from to the foot of the lake and then returns up a gentle slope on the opposite side to the trailhead. Interpretive signs and over 100 labeled plants enhance the loop.

In addition, over two miles of rustic hiking trails wind quietly through a series of distinct ecological habitats.

Along the trails, benches invite you either to pause and enjoy the view or to get in a good stretch during a vigorous walk.

The Arboretum is developed and managed by the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, Inc., a non-profit entity that leases the land from the City. Except for special events, there is no admission fee.

We will follow the trails in a clockwise pattern, covering about 3 miles.

For for more information about the arboretum, including trail maps, visit http://www.jacksonvillearboretum.org/.

We will meet at the Panera Bread at 4403 Roosevelt Blvd and figure carpooling needs. The drive to the hike will be about 30 miles round trip and we will share the cost of gas. Bring bug spray, water, snacks, and maybe sunscreen.

If you prefer to meet us there, the address is 1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32225. Get directions here: http://goo.gl/maps/eUKzY.  We should arrive there around 9:15am.

 

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  • David F.

    This is a GREAT park! They continue to improve the part by adding new loop trails and trail up keep. Even made the park good for those with special needs.

    October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed this outing very much. Felt I was with a friendly group of interesting people.

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys! Sorry- it turns out I won't be able to make it today. Have a super time!

    October 19, 2013

  • Steve

    I'll meet everyone at the arboretum at 9:15 am.

    October 18, 2013

  • Teresa

    I will meet everyone at the Arboretum.

    October 18, 2013

  • David F.

    I want to go to Riverside Pride event after the hike so I will meet everyone at the Arboretum.

    October 18, 2013

    • David F.

      woops Pride is Sunday. But I will still drive myself

      October 18, 2013

  • Anthony H.

    I will meet everybody at the Arboretum.

    October 18, 2013

  • David A.

    I will meet everybody at the Arboretum.......it's on my side of town.

    October 18, 2013

  • Bradley S.

    I look forward to meeting everyone at the Arboretum at 9:15.

    October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am planning to meet at the Arboretum at 9:15 also. I am looking forward to meeting fellow hikers.

    October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just went hiking here last weekend when I had relatives from up north in town. Even saw a deer there which was a first for me. Hope all you guys have fun tomorrow on the hike.

    October 18, 2013

  • Stephen M.

    I will not be able to attend this hike as I just found out I am on call this weekend

    October 18, 2013

  • Dominick D.

    I will meet everyone there at the Arboretum & Gardens at 09:15. Looking forward to the hike.

    October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry I can't attend this one but I'm looking forward to the next . If something changes I'll rsvp

    October 17, 2013

    • David F.

      To bad this is a beautiful hike

      October 17, 2013

  • Billy B.

    I won't be able to make this one but I'm looking forward to the bike trail.

    October 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does the group always go to lunch afterwards? I'd prefer to go on home after. Is there anyone in the group I could catch a ride back to Panera Bread with?

    October 14, 2013

    • David F.

      Lunch is always optional for anyone who wish to do so. But I find it a nice way to get to know those on the hike. I recommend before the hike or carpooling ask if anyone was not doing lunch so you know who to ride with or drive your self to event site.

      October 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Okay thanks David.

      October 14, 2013

  • David L.

    Sry I won't be able to make it because I need to pick up a guest who will be visiting me. Hope you have a nice hike!

    October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How long is this hike in miles ?

    October 5, 2013

    • David F.

      Andrew I hiked this before, its about 3 miles, heavily wooded, good solid trails, 1 hill that runs along a steam that will cross before getting to lake loop, then branch off to another small loop before coming back to the lake loop. Because we come back to the lake loop twice if you get tried you can wait for us to return to the lake. For that reason i think you may be able to do this hike. But only you know what your limits are.

      1 · October 5, 2013

    • Joseph P.

      The distance is in the trip description above.

      October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I believe I can do it.

    October 5, 2013

  • David F.

    Very nice and quite wooded trails and lake, you feel as if you are out of the city.

    September 20, 2013

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