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Hiking Hotspots: Where to Hit the Trail in Jacksonville Beach

Spending time in the beautiful outdoors is what living in Jacksonville Beach is all about. With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other, it’s a wet world out there! Sure, you’ll see fishing boats pulled behind trucks and surfboards tucked under arms, but there are plenty of land activities that put you smack dab in the middle of nature without getting soaked.

Hiking trails are calling you and the whole family for a day spent in pristine wilderness. Get your boots on and binoculars ready, it’s time to hit the trails in Jax Beach!

Cradle Creek Preserve

Go deep into 43 acres of untouched land surrounding the Intracoastal Waterway, where you can follow a system of nature trails and elevated boardwalks. Picturesque and tranquil, learn all about the rich history of the area with educational signs and relax in the beauty of Pablo Creek Estuary. There is also a canoe/kayak launch.

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park

Just off of Mayport Road, you can discover all of the beautiful coastal trails that lead through thick foliage, marsh and palms. Hanna Park has a trail for everyone, whether you’re a beginner at hiking or want to bring out the mountain bike. Dogs are welcome here, just remember to keep that leash handy.

Dutton Island Preserve

This area is part of the Timucuan Trail Park system, showcasing the Florida salt marsh ecosystem in all of its glory. There are 3 miles of trails that take you through oak hammocks and pine flatwoods. Keep your eyes peeled for the extraordinary wildlife that call this preserve home. There are also boardwalks and marsh overviews.

Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park

Expansive pine flatwoods make up this wondrous preserve, serving as one of the largest contiguous areas of coastal uplands in Jax. Not only does it protect the water quality of the St. John’s River, but it is a vital refuge for birds. There are 15 miles of trails that allows you to explore via foot, bike or horseback.

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