This is the second posting of my personal bucket list for greater Jacksonville.  I know several people who have gone on Jacksonville’s own “rails-to-trails” and have loved the experience.  I am a casual biker and have thought about doing this many times.  The whole concept of taking abandoned-seldom-used railways and converting them to biking-hiking-walking trails is a no-brainer for those of us concerned with losing greenspace.


Once a part of the CSX railway line, the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rails to Trails is a thoroughfare for hikers, bikers, and equestrian use. The trail system, includes two separate paths: a multi-use asphalt trail for walking, jogging,  in-line skating and/or biking; and a trail for horseback riding.

Along the greenway, you’ll see a diversity of natural habitats, including pine flatwoods, wetlands, and hardwood uplands.  These areas attract a variety of wildlife such as songbirds, hawks, wild turkey, and white-tailed deer.  The dense canopy that covers most of the trail provides shade on a sunny day and, in certain locations, even gives the illusion of traveling in a tunnel.  Several rest areas with benches are provided along the route. You can make your way on this path from sunrise to sunset.

Here is a link to this fun spot: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/regions/north/trails/jacksonville_baldwin.htm

Take a Saturday and get outside!

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