Join us on Sierra Club’s next “2nd Saturdays Outing” as part of Mayor Brown’s People+Parks Connection
Julington-Durbin Preserve. We'll hike in this fine preserve. The City of Jacksonville and the St. Johns River Water Management District preserves this land to protect water resources. A SJRWMD video offers a brief introduction to the public property; here's the District's overview webpage. The City's description of the site:
Uniquely located on a peninsula formed at the confluence of Julington and Durbin Creeks, the Julington Durbin Preserve provides visitors with several natural communities ranging from sandhill in higher middle regions to the lower flatwood communities, to lush floodplain swamp and marshes. The difference in habitat creates opportunities to view an assortment flora and fauna along the various marked unpaved hiking and equestrian trails. Julington Durbin Preserve's nine miles of shoreline offers visitors beautiful scenic views of both Julington and Durbin creeks. The creek, swamp and marsh areas offer excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Visitors can enjoy nature by walking, biking or horseback riding.
Directions from from the Times-Union's Great Parks series J-D Preserve page (which includes a nice video by Mike Clark, the newspaper's editorial page editor): Just turn on Bartram Park Blvd. (address is 13130 Bartram Park Blvd.) and look for the dirt road on the west side, about a mile from Old. St. Augustine Road. Look carefully because it's easy to miss.
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 a large upland peninsula adjacent to a large wetlands ecosystem that is ideal for spotting marshland wildlife.
June’s “2nd Saturday Outing” with Mayor Brown’s People+Parks Connection will be a hike at Hanna Park--and swim in the pond or the ocean. In July, we'll wrap up our 12-month series of Second Saturday outings at Cedar Point Preserve, part of the Timucuan Trails Parks.
These Sierra Club outings were announced with Mayor Alvin Brown at the end of June 2012 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.