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An open trail with beautiful scenery and views of the water to enjoy on the way in.”
— Savannah Hensley
This hike is nicely located to the St. Johns River and a collection of small ponds. The area's amenities include a long fishing pier and covered picnic tables which are great for sightseeing or a post hike lunch. The mellow terrain and firm tread translate into
Between the fishing pier, Main Trail
, Marsh Trail
, and a number of connectors, there are plenty of different ways to navigate the park. All of the options are pleasant and easy, and the beautiful trails are a great adventure to take your family on.
Features: Birding — River/Creek — Views — Wildlife
Family Friendly: There's plenty to explore along this short hike, and the tread is good for strollers.
Need to Know
Bring water and bug spray. After a heavy rain, there are areas of the trail that can be a little mucky, particularly near the marsh.
From the parking area, the nearby fishing pier makes a great start or end to any hike (maybe even both). From there, follow the Main Trail
into the pleasantly shaded trees. If you keep left at the second intersection the trail soon connects with the Marsh Trail
if you're looking for an optional up-close river detour. Beware that the Marsh Trail
takes on some characteristics of its namesake, and can be on the muddy side.
Next, turn to the south and take a left at the next intersection. This short outer loop will soon cut back into the trees and swing hikers toward the pier. Another left leads to a short and easy detour to the pond near the park's entrance. From there, simply head back to the parking area to enjoy the pier or a lunch.
The trail is very easy to follow as the paths are clearly marked and the signs are in good view.
Flora & Fauna
There were many types of wildflowers, butterflies, and bumblebees along the way!