Hiking Black Creek Ravines Conservation Area

This tract consists primarily of natural woodlands and wetlands. The site exhibits a remarkable amount of relief for Florida landscapes, with elevations ranging from five feet above mean sea level at points along the creek to 90 feet above mean sea level on the sandhills in the property’s southern portion. The property’s most distinctive characteristics are the seepage slopes and steep ravines that result from a series of naturally eroding seepage streams. These sensitive ecosystems support a wide variety of native aquatic and wetland-dependent species. The property exhibits a diversity of natural communities, some classified as being imperiled in Florida because of their rarity and vulnerability to natural or man-made factors. About 2.7 miles of the south shore of Black Creek is protected from development to maintain the important recharge functions of the upland sandhill community. The conservation area has a variety of listed species, including gopher tortoise and pitcher plant. Roosting and nesting wading birds make their home here. Other wildlife seen in the area include the pine snake, bald eagle, otter, deer, woodpecker, owl, bobcat, heron, egret, fox, raccoon and alligator. Climbing the ravines is strictly prohibited.

For for more information about Black Creek Ravines Conservation area, visit http://www.sjrwmd.com/recreationguide/blackcreekravines/.

We will be following the White blaze trail loop to the White/Red connector trail, to the Red blaze trail loop, and back. We will be hiking to three different observation points with a total distance of about 5.5 miles. To view the trail map, click here: http://www.sjrwmd.com/trailguides/pdfs/blackcreekravinestrail.pdf.

We will meet at the Panera Bread at 4403 Roosevelt Blvd to figure out carpooling needs. The drive to the hike will be about 46 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/GS7Jz. We should arrive there around 9:30am.

If there is interest, we can go to lunch as a group afterward.

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  • Christopher H.

    Enjoyed the hike, the weather, and the company.

    March 8, 2014

  • Christopher H.

    Nice hike, perfect weather, good company. Nice meeting everyone, and sorry I had to miss lunch. Great pictures Joe.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Shane

    Beautiful scenery, easy terrain, and plenty of photo ops.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Joseph P.

    It was a beautiful day and great being outside.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Paul S

    Had a great hike. Nice introduction to new people in the area since I am new to the area.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Paul S

    Had a great time. Nice hike and met some new people here as a new transplant to Jacksonville area.

    March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A nice trail and a good group today.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sick. :( maybe next time

    March 8, 2014

  • Christopher H.

    I live in OP and will meet at the entrance on Green Road. It is a nice area.

    March 7, 2014

  • Paul S

    Will meet at trail. I live in Fleming Island. Interested in possible lunch after....

    February 18, 2014

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