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Little Hikers @ Alejandro Garces Camp Tomahawk - new day
This walk/hike is targeted as a children's hike. All children must be accompanied at all times by a parent/legal guardian/someone with medical power of attorney (in case of injury). This is not a “drop off” event. Suggested ages: three - ten years old. Where: 8419 San Ardo Drive, Jacksonville, FL. The Alejandro Garces Camp Tomahawk Park is located just north of San Clerc Road, between the San Jose and Beauclerc sections of southeast Jacksonville. (Just north of the Bay Meadows area.) It's a beautiful woods, right in the middle of suburbia. When: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 9 am. What To Wear/Bring: Shorts and short sleeve shirts are appropriate. Closed toed shoes are a must. No flip flops. No sandals. No “heelys”. Some areas of the trail can be wet and muddy; so not a place for your "good" sneakers! Since there will be young children, please do not bring pets. Of course, service animals are welcome. Please bring a bottle of water for each hiker in your party. Bring a light snack, if desired, for your hungry hike; or consider packing a picnic lunch to enjoy after the hike! Sunscreen and insect repellent are also a good idea. The Park: The park has a lot of amenities. There are picnic tables, covered picnic area, benches, water fountain, BBQ grills, a nice playground, a bathroom, a kayak/canoe launch and three different loop trails. More about the park: Octavio Garces and his wife established a private day camp on the site in the 1950’s called Camp Tomahawk. The city purchased the property in 1981 for use as a park. It is named for Mr Garces' father, Alejandro Garces. It's a passive park, with the grounds in a natural state. The area has a mature growth of oak, pine, and maple trees and a creek that extends through the middle of the tract to Goodbys Creek. Where to Meet: The covered picnic area adjacent to the parking area. What We’ll Do: We will walk the perimeter trail, which is one mile. Once the hike is over, feel free to stay, on your own, and enjoy the park’s amenities. Your hiker may delight in some time on the playground and/or a picnic lunch! Trail Conditions: The trail is flat and in good condition. There are several boardwalk areas which can be slippery. Most of the perimeter path is covered with crushed limestone rock, but some areas are a bit low and can be muddy. Many of the "toe stubber" roots on the trail have been painted with orange paint to draw your attention to the tripping hazard. Cost/Fees: None. This park has no entrance or parking fee. The park is open to the public.

Alejandro Garces Camp Tomahawk Park

8419 San Ardo Drive · Jacksonville, FL

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