Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens

This 120 acre park has 2.7 miles of trails that traverse multiple ecosystems, cross creeks and overlook a lake. Located in the heart of Arlington, this is a nice escape from the city life while not going too far out of your way. http://www.jacksonvillearboretum.org/

Big Talbot Blackrock Beach

This short, one mile hike reveals a different kind of Florida beach, one with rocks and driftwood. Entry to this park is just off A1A between Little Talbot Island and Amelia Island. http://www.floridastateparks.org/bigtalbotisland/

University of North Florida Nature Trails

UNF has over 300 acres designated as the Sawmill Slough Preserve. This preserve has about five miles of trails that navigate through swamp, flatwoods to sand-hill habitats. http://www.unf.edu/recreation/ecoadventure/trails.aspx

Ravine Gardens State Park

Located in the heart of Palatka, the Ravine Gardens State Park holds over two miles of trails. These gardens are known to hold an abundant bloom of azaleas in March and beautiful historic gardens throughout the year.

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park

A 2.7 mile loop around the park will show visitors a typical Florida landscape of palms and hardwood hammock to the pristine sand dunes. http://www.north-florida-family-fun-guide.com/hanna-park.html

Little Talbot Island Hiking Trail

This 3.5 mile trail will take you through dunes and other coastal habitats and circle around along the undeveloped beach of Little Talbot Island. Bug spray is a must for this hike, but it is a captivating walk on one of Florida’s last undeveloped barrier islands. http://www.floridastateparks.org/littletalbotisland/

Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve

Nine miles of trails take you around the Guana Peninsula through maritime forests and salt marshes. Along the trail you will see the very first Spanish mission in the New World. http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/gtm/

Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park

This two mile long trail takes hikers through floodplain forest and pine flatwoods along the Ortega River on the Westside of Jacksonville. Located just off US 17, this park holds 509 acres just across the road from NAS. http://floridahikes.com/tilliekfowlerisland

Bayard Point Conservation Area

Nestled on the St. Johns River, this seven-mile hike gives trekkers the chance to see a multitude of wildlife, especially along the riverbank. http://floridahikes.com/bayardpoint

Olustee Battlefield State Park

This short, one mile hike will take you through tall pine trees and saw palmettos. This landscape held the deadliest battle in Florida for the Civil War. Take this trail to step back in time. http://www.floridastateparks.org/olusteebattlefield/