Exploring Camp Milton Historic Preserve

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.

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  • Joseph P.

    Very quiet and peaceful area, and convenient for getting on the rail trail

    December 19, 2013

    • David L.

      Hey Joe you were correct: I checked my RunKeeper map when I returned, and Runkeeper on my phone had stopped logging when we entered the JAX-Baldwin Trail (I had resumed it after our break, but apparently it didn't restart logging the activity). I'd estimate that we hiked at least 4-5 miles total, as we had logged 2 miles by the time that we initially reached the paved trail.

      December 19, 2013

    • Joseph P.

      Ah ok. So we covered a good bit of ground. Awesome!

      December 19, 2013

  • David L.

    Nice hike, beautiful morning to be outside on the trail, too bad there were not more participants.

    December 19, 2013

  • David F.

    I have to work, but you enjoy it

    December 18, 2013

  • David L.

    Camp Milton is near my house & I consider it to be my "stomping ground", so will meet you in the parking lot. Access to JAX-Baldwin Trail is also in the preserve, so I suggest we walk part of the trail if you want.

    December 17, 2013

    • Joseph P.

      I have an appointment to make so I'm not sure if I will have much time for much beyond the 2.5 miles of trails in the preserve. Have to see how the time goes.

      December 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I have a meeting in the morning. Any chance to move the time to the afternoon?

    December 17, 2013

    • Joseph P.

      Hey Vic. I can't because I have appointments most of the day. Morning is my only free time.

      December 18, 2013

  • Christina

    Hello Jax Adventures. Thank you for the continue updates. Although I'm not available to attend I'm glad I joined your so out-going group.
    Christina

    December 18, 2013

  • Cheryl D.

    Wow so many suggested outings for Dec. Sorry to miss all these

    December 15, 2013

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