The weather is golden right now, so get outside and take advantage of it!
What’s one good way to do this? Biking!
For all of our bikers out there who want to branch out from beach cruising, read on to find all the amazing trails around Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Baldwin Rail Trail
Fun Fact: The Jacksonville Baldwin Rail Trail was originally bought by CSX as part of a nation-wide goal to turn abandoned railroad lines into parks. It is 100 feet wide and goes on for 14.5 miles! The trail is paved and is great for bikers and rollerbladers alike.
Guana State Park
This park in Ponte Vedra is very popular for hiking and biking! With nearly 10 miles of nature trails and old service roads, Guana State River Park is the go-to for not only biking, but fishing, bird watching, kayaking, and canoeing. They have a $3 entrance fee, which is a small price to pay for a good time.
The Beach and Peach Urban Park
On the southeast side of Jacksonville, Beach and Peach Urban Park was built for and by daring cyclists. The goal of this park’s bike trails is to simply have fun. There are a ton of jumps, hiking trails, and fishing.
#FrayLifeTip: Keep in mind that Beach and Peach is more extreme, with jumps and hills.
Aside from awesome waves, frequent triathlons, and camping spots, Hanna Park has SICK bike trails. With over 20 miles of trails for mountain bikers, the whole fam can enjoy all the park has to offer for a $5 entry fee.
#FrayLifeTip: Many Jacksonvillians consider these trails to be the hardest ones, so be ready to ride.
Yellow Water Trailhead
Recently purchased with the Grant Award Agreement, the Yellow Water Trailhead is awesome for anyone looking for nature trails to bike or walk. The Grant also requires restoration of uplands and wetlands, so this place is getting a lot of positive attention for anyone else interested in checking it out.
Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park
With short and rideable trails, Tillie K. Fowler Park is great spot to step up your riding game. If you’ve got a hectic day and want to get a quick ride in, this is a great park just for that purpose. Tillie also has trails that go through pines and wetlands, so you have a lot of scenery to take in along the ride.
A1A Ocean Islands Trail
If you’ve got the time and are willing to go the distance, the A1A Ocean Islands Trail is a long, beautiful ride. You start at the Amelia Island Bridge, continue through to the Talbot Islands, take the St. Johns River Ferry ride, and carry on through Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jax Beach, and Ponte Vedra Beach! Prepare for a fun 40 miles!
Surfers come to Little Talbot for the waves, but you know who else comes? The bikers! With a paved 2 1/2-mile trail, an off-the-road maritime forest ride, and a hard-packed sand ride on the beach, you have so many options to just RIDE. Bring the bike of your choosing or you can rent one!
Amelia Island Trail
This scenic ride runs along Florida’s northeastern coast and parallels Highway A1A. It is a 5.7-mile paved trail, lined with trees. You can get your best road bike and pedal to the metal, but you also have the option to kayak and ride horses on the beach!
Whether you are searching for gravel trails, paved roads or somewhere to happily cruise on your bike, Jacksonville has a lot of options for some good ‘ole biking. So get out your beach cruiser, road bike, or mountain bike and hit the trails with your pals! When you do, share the fun with us by using #FrayLife #JaxFray.