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Live Oak Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

0.5 mile 0.8 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 6' 2 m
Descent: -12' -4 m
High: 25' 8 m
Low: 14' 4 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 1% (1°)

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Trail shared by Kyriaki Karalis

A narrow trail featuring a decent amount of elevation change for northeast Florida.

Kyriaki Karalis

Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open 8 am - 5 pm. Gates to the parking area close promptly at 5 pm.

Need to Know

The trail is well shaded in all seasons. No creek crossings in this section of trail, though there are many on other trails in the Arboretum.

Description

This trail features a few feet of elevation change, which is something for northeast Florida. Along this trail, you'll see loblolly pines as well as a vast area in the first (west) part of the trail that includes pine flatwoods and minimal ground vegetation. Once out of the pines, you'll get into an area with more dense vegetation, though the entire trail has reasonable sun coverage, even in winter. The name of the trail comes from the giant live oak trees present before the entrance to the trail. This trail is a loop, but off of the northeast corner of the trail, you'll find the trailhead to the Rosemary Ridge Trail, which is roughly one mile long.

Flora & Fauna

Live oak, pine, loblolly pine, moss, birds.

History & Background

The Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens was once a titanium mine from 1944-1961. The 120 acres were left dormant for years, and eventually the city and local utility company JEA acquired the land. The elevation change is due to the past strip mining operation. The land is city-owned but completely managed by the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens non-profit organization.

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Dec 31, 2016
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A closeup of the flora along the trail, and the pretty light that filters through the tall trees.
Feb 19, 2016 near Jackson…, FL
At the start of the Live Oak Trail. Behind me and to the left are some picnic tables, located under shade.
Feb 19, 2016 near Jackson…, FL

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