Jacksonville isn't your typical Florida vacation destination: It's not right on the beach like Miami, it's not choked with theme parks like Orlando and it's not small and quaint like Key West. Most travelers use this expansive city primarily as a jumping-off point for the nearby beach communities of Amelia Island and Ponte Vedra Beach or a cruise aboard the Carnival Ecstasy. But Jacksonville does have the makings of a great getaway.
Jax, as locals call it, is perfectly located in Northeast Florida, just a quick trip away from most of the Southeast and on the intersection of I-95 and I-10. The "River City by the Sea" boasts more than 20 miles of wide and uncrowded beaches, and the longest stretch of the beautiful St. Johns River.
Take an unforgettable ebike trip to our affordable and exciting waterfront destination. Enjoy our 20 miles of beaches, extensive park system, world-class fishing, historic neighborhoods, eclectic museums, vibrant street arts scene, creative coastal cuisine, delicious craft beer and so much more!
Route 1#- Black Rock Trail
Black Rock Trail is a 1.6 kilometer out and back trail located near Jacksonville, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. It’s great for kids getting comfortable on a bike, or to test yourself and see how far you can go.
If you're a step up on the riding scale, Big Talbot Island State Park is for you. This trail a beautiful ride travels through some of North Florida's most pristine beaches and lush dense forest to a breathtaking viewpoint at the beach.
Nesting shore birds, marine life, magnificently strewn driftwood beach, and black rock appearing spodosols make this a unique hike.
Route 2#- Jacksonville Baldwin Rail Trail
Jacksonville Baldwin Rail Trail is a 12.6 kilometer completely paved trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels.The nice thing about this trail is its style. The trail is a straight line, a "linear park" made from an old railroad corridor, so you get to choose how far you go. When you're starting to feel tired, you can just turn around.
There are 2 designated accessible spaces in the partially paved parking lot off of Imeson Road at the east end of the trail. The trail surface is paved asphalt (with partial railings) and smooth. It is typically at least 5 feet wide (with many wider passing spaces). There is a painted dividing line along some of the trail which reduces the width.
Since the trail is smooth and paved, any bike can ride on it. There are tandem bikes, mountain bikes, fat tire electric bikes and those with trailers attached for the kids. It's great for kids getting comfortable on a bike, or to test yourself and see how far you can go. The trail runs for 15 miles through tall oaks. In some places, the trees almost form an archway, making this ride easy and shady.
The entire trail is estimated to be in the mostly gentle grade category (5% or less). This trail will likely be navigable for most wheelchairs/mobility equipment or stroller users. There are benches and picnic tables along the route for resting.
Route 3#- Little Talbot Island Nature Trail
Little Talbot Island Nature Trail is a 1.6 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jacksonville, Florida that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
This easy day hike starts at the Little Talbot Island State Park campground and wanders along a tidal creek before entering rolling maritime hammock woodland. The state recreation area also provides the opportunity to rent horses for visitors to enjoy a ride along the beach. There are also educational signs along to way with information on the local flora and fauna.
Cycling is one of the many experiences that can be enjoyed at Little Talbot Island State Park. Stay on the paved two-and-a-half-mile Park Drive Timucuan Trail segment, or ride off road through the maritime forest on the Dune Ridge Trail, or simply enjoy a ride on the hard-packed sand of the beach. At the south end of the island, there is a bike trailhead for the paved multi-use Timucuan Trail with a shaded pavilion with benches, a water fountain, and free air to fill up your fat tires.
Little Talbot Island State Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are per vehicle or per visitor entering on foot or bicycle. The Florida State Parks Annual Pass is also available for individuals and families.
For the more patient cyclist, the next article will give more suggested routes.
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