March is Florida Biking Month so take advantage by getting outside to enjoy the sunshine on some of Jacksonville’s numerous biking trails. Need some help deciding where to go? We have some suggestions for you.
First, we take you west where you can enjoy a nice ride along the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail. There is a temporary closure of part of the trail between Otis Road and Hannah Road, but you can still utilize the rest of the trail. Start at either of the endpoints at 1800 Imeson Road or 89 Brandy Branch Road in Baldwin and you can still get in a good ride. There are also some unpaved trails spur off the main trail into adjacent public conservation land that can enhance your biking experience.
Also on the Westside are the trails at Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park located at 7000 Roosevelt Boulevard. There are off-road bike trails on the left side as you are driving into the park. You will need to pass them and park by the playground and circle back with your bike. Or you can also bike the Tower Trail (1.2 miles round trip) or the Island Trail (2.25 miles round trip) with access near the back of the park. They are a combination of paved trails, rough trails and boardwalks.
Taking you to southern Duval County, we suggest a ride around the trails at Julington-Durbin Creek Preserve. Park at the main entrance at 13150 Bartram Park Boulevard and try out the Yellow and White Blaze Loop, a combined 6.1 miles round trip that takes you through sandy flatwoods and some swampy environments. Or take a shorter ride on the Durbin Creek/Red Blaze Spur Trail which is two miles round trip.
In the east oceanside, try the trails at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park at 500 Wonderwood Drive between Atlantic Beach and Mayport Village. There are more than 20 miles of trails that offer varying levels of difficulty, so you can take a bike ride that works for just you or the whole family. You can take an easy ride through flat trails with wide corridors or the more hardcore mountain bikers can choose a more difficult trail that can be steep and include some log crossings. The direction of the bike trails changes by the day of the week so be sure you pay attention to the signs. You will have to pay a fee to enter the park. If you are coming by car it is $5 or if you bike in the cost to enter is $3. Don’t have a bike? You can rent one at the campground store.
Our final suggestion takes you to the Northside, the Timucuan Trail which runs through Big and Little Talbot Islands and connects to the Amelia Island Trail by way of the George Crady Bridge over the Amelia River. You can park and access the trail in Big Talbot Island State Park on State Road A1A North and at Little Talbot Island State Park at 12157 Heckscher Drive (there is a fee to park at Big Talbot Island State Park and to enter Little Talbot Island State Park). It is a paved, mostly off-road trail that is a little over six miles long and offers some beautiful views and stops along the way. It is a great trail for bird-watching and you can veer off onto some side trails which take you to the beach.
Any of these trails are great options for you and your family. You can check out other places to go by visiting our parks page. Click on the biking icon.