Camp Milton Historic Preserve, located on the western edge of Jacksonville, preserves what remains of one of the most important Civil War sites in Florida.
In 1864, following the Battle of Olustee, the Confederate army pushed forward to McGirt's Creek and laid siege to the defeated Union army. General P.G.T. Beauregard arrived on the scene and planned a system of earthen fortifications that stretched for nearly three miles along the west side of the creek.
Named for Governor John Milton, the works were occupied by 7,500 Confederates and were armed with 430 pieces of light artillery. Camp Milton was without doubt the strongest field fortification built in Florida during the Civil War.
For more information, please go to: http://www.preserveflorida.org/Parks/camp-milton-historic-preserve.html and http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/campmilton.html.
The total distance we will hike/walk is about 2.5 miles. To view a trail map, go here: http://www.preserveflorida.org/images/pdf/CampMilton.pdf
We will meet in the parking lot of the Panera Bread located at 4403 Roosevelt Blvd and figure out carpooling needs. The drive to the hike will be about 28 miles round trip and we will share the cost of gas. Bring bug spray, water, and maybe a snack.
If you prefer to meet us there, get directions here: http://goo.gl/maps/4zlSj. We should arrive around 9:10am.