Join us on Sierra Club’s next “2nd Saturdays Outing” as part of Mayor Brown’s People+Parks Connection
[Photo: Florida Hikes]
Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park.
We'll stroll along both the Island Trail (2¼ miles) on the wetland margins of the Ortega River and also traverse the Tower Trail (1.2 mi.) to a fine viewing platform (trail map). Bring binoculars, a camera or a sketch book--also consider bringing water, snacks, bug repellant and a hat.
Located along a St. Johns River tributary, the park is adjacent to a large wetlands ecosystem that is ideal for spotting marshland wildlife.
The park's Nature Center will be open and staffed by a naturalist during our visit.
After our walk, those of you who may enjoy rugged bicycling in the woods for a spell might bring your bike and take a ride (on your own responsibility) on the Park's extensive bike trails.
The City first leased the land from the U.S. Navy in 1979 and later acquired & improved the 505 acres comprising the park in 1996. Remnants of an old brick road that linked Ortega to Jacksonville before 1917 are in the park, along with elements added when Camp Johnston was built as part of preparations to train American troops during World War I.
A very nice and detailed description of the park and hiking its Island Trail is offered on the web by "Florida Hikes".
May’s “2nd Saturday Outing” with Mayor Brown’s People+Parks Connection will be a hike at Julington-Durbin Preserve. In June we'll walk about Hanna Park and the beach.
These Sierra Club outings were announced with Mayor Alvin Brown at the end of June as part of an effort to get residents out to hike new and improved park trails, launch kayaks from newly designated sites and swim safely in Jacksonville pools, rivers and beaches.