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.