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Fort Caroline Trails

  4.6 ( 12 ) Favorite


4.2 mile 6.7 kilometer loop


Ascent: 157' 48 m
Descent: -157' -48 m
High: 78' 24 m
Low: 15' 5 m


Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)


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Trail shared by Felicia Boyd

A tri-trail path with a surprising amount of elevation for Florida standards.

Felicia Boyd

Features River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly The trail offers a nice walk and is nearby to Fort Caroline.


The hike consists of a few inclines that make this neck of the woods special in contrast to the flat state of Florida. Experienced hikers and active individuals will have no challenge on this trail. However, this does not remove the fact that there is some level of difficulty in ascending certain sections of the trail.

Three trails are followed in this four-mile expedition: Spanish Pond Trail, Willie Browne Trail, Timucuan Trail. Trees create a canopy aesthetic throughout all of the trails and offer ample shade.

Need to Know

Wear bug spray and a hat to combat the risk of insect bites.


The hike in Fort Caroline was one of both refreshment and recalibration. Although in close proximity to the city, it offers a different world that is rarely seen in a normal day in Duval.

The Fort Caroline trails followed offered some level of challenge in its occasional incline. Experienced hikers and active individuals will not have a problem but nonetheless, should be aware of the slope. The inclination is what distinguishes this hike from others in the Northeast Florida region.

A fairly high manmade wooden lookout point exists near the Timucuan Trail along a black-marked trail. This is a great opportunity for both pictures and a potential break.

History & Background

The Theodore Roosevelt Area (where the trails are located) was once owned by Willie Brown. Brown gave his land away in his will to the public after he died so that individuals could enjoy the beauty that his estate had to offer. Brown had the opportunity to sell it to developers and make a lot of money. However, he instead wanted to share the joy of nature. Willie Brown named this area after Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States who founded the U.S. National Park Service.

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Local Club: Timucuan Parks Foundation

Land Manager: JaxParks

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Jun 20, 2019
Christina Scaccianoce
Nice! 6.7mi — 2h 58m
Jun 7, 2019
Molly Espinoza
Friday morning hike—lots of stops for pictures and exploring. Really diverse trails. We loved it! 4mi — 3h 00m
Apr 6, 2019
James Unterreiner
Jan 26, 2019
James Unterreiner
Jan 13, 2019
Nolan Walker
Nov 12, 2018
Jamie Johnson
Nov 10, 2018
Sarah Co199
Excellent with hills! 3.1mi
Aug 17, 2018
Sophia Venditti
Beautiful 3.7mi

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Another view of the marsh from the elevated platform.
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A nice tree for a short break
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View of the surrounding marsh from an elevated platform.
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Stopping to observe the surroundings
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Sunlight on the trail
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Wonderful shade along the trail
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