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Alpine Grove

by Matt
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Published on: October 5, 2017

Having contemplated this admirable grove, I proceeded towards the shrubberies on the banks of the river, and though it was now late in December, the aromatic groves appeared in full bloom.

-William Bartram

South of Fruit Cove, FL is a town called Switzerland.  As SR-13 edges closer to the St. Johns River, the pines fade away and are replaced with magnolias, maples, and oaks.  This section of Florida was famously mapped and explored by William Bartram, an 18th century naturalist that explored what were at the time the southern most of the 13 colonies along the coast.  (more…)

Washington Oaks State Park & Gardens

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Published on: April 18, 2012

It was a sunny and breezy Sunday – perfect for a trip to Washington Oaks.  The park is about an hour south of Jacksonville.  Taking I-95 to Palm Coast and then east towards the ocean is probably the quickest route, but you will have to pay the toll to cross the bridge in Palm Coast.  For a longer, but more scenic route, take A1A along the coast past St. Augustine and Marineland.  Washington Oaks is just a couple of miles into Flagler County.

Washington Oaks lies on both sides of AIA.  To the west are the gardens a nature trails.  To the east is the beach access.  We visited the gardens first, where you’ll pay the $5 per car entrance fee.  From the parking lot, the path towards the gardens runs straight to the intracoastal – there are plenty of benches overlooking the marsh.  The visitor center relates the history of the park and how it came into the possession of the state. (more…)

A Walk In the Woods: Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Area

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Published on: February 13, 2012

It was a brisk Sunday yesterday – perfect weather for another hike.  This time I revisited the Theodore Roosevelt Hiking Area.  Despite the cool temperatures, there seemed to be a lot of wildlife active, and it was apparently a great day for bird watching.  Shore birds were diving into the marsh to fish, and a pair of pileated woodpeckers were hunting for insects right next to the trail.  Enjoy the photos below:

A Walk In the Woods: UNF

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Published on: February 6, 2012

The weather was too nice Sunday morning, so it was a great chance to get outside and spend some time in the woods.  I went to UNF to spend a couple of hours, and apparently I wasn’t the only one with the idea – the parking lot was full, and the trail runners and joggers were out in force.  I walked the perimeter of the conservation area – all told, it was about 4 miles.  Photos below:

Julington-Durbin Creek Preserve

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Published on: November 7, 2011

While browsing Google maps, I stumbled across a trail in a relatively blank area next to the St. John’s River.  After researching, I really didn’t see much information about it, so I decided it was worth it a look.  Julington-Durbin Creek preserve sits on a peninsula bordered by Julington and Durbin Creek.    The trailhead lies at the end of a gravel road off of Bartram Park Blvd.  The loop trail heads west, and is about 6.2 miles around the loop. (more…)

10 famous Appalachian Trail hikers

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Published on: May 19, 2011

What do a blind man, a 67 year-old grandmother, and an amputee have in common?  They’ve all completed the Appalachian Trail.  Below is a link that lists 10 famous hikers (one of which didn’t hike at all) on the Appalachian Trail.  Each one with a interesting story, no doubt.  Read the list here.

Spanish Pond

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Published on: May 17, 2011

After a grueling 40 mile march from St. Augustine through dense vegetation and in heavy rain, 500 Spanish troops found a freshwater pond a short distance from the French outpost, Ft. Caroline.  They would camp here before they attacked the fort the next day.  Nearly 450 years later, Spanish Pond is a nondescript location across the street from Ft. Caroline National Monument.  Just a few hundred yards from the fort, it was evident that the Spanish troops were able to get close to the fort without detection.   (more…)

International Appalachian Trail?

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Published on: March 31, 2011

For those who think that the 2200+ mile Appalachian Trail just isn’t challenging enough – the International Appalachian Trail is there to continue the adventure.  Geologically, the Appalachians are related to ranges in Newfoundland and even as far as Ireland.  Plans are in the works for the trail to extend another 1900 miles (crossing a significant portion of non-hikeable water) into Ireland.  Who’s ready to tackle a 4000 mile hike in one season?  [Read more here]

New Additions at the Arboretum: Rosemary Ridge Trail

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Published on: February 14, 2011

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and a perfect day to be hiking, so a trip to the Jacksonville Arboretum was in order.  I was curious to see the new Rosemary Ridge trail that had opened.  When I arrived, I was surprised to see quite  a bit of forest cleared and the trail around the lake widened.  A few hundred feet down the trail in each direction, a lot had changed since our last visit.  Palms, hollies, and roses are being planted along the trail with paths that run through the new garden areas.  When this grows in, it will be a very nice addition to the trail head. (more…)

Castaway Island Review

by Matt
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Published on: January 24, 2011

Located just off of San Pablo Rd, about half a mile north of Beach Blvd is a secluded park – Castaway Island Preserve.  It’s a park that’s been built out into the intracoastal between two quiet neighborhoods.  Surrounded by marsh, it’s an excellent location for walking or jogging.  The main entrance winds next to the bike path and ends at a dock and canoe launch.  To the right of the dock is a raised platform that details the history and construction of the Intracostal Waterway.  To the left of the road is the trailhead for Castaway Island.  Geared primarily towards children, this nature trail contains educational stops along the way detailing the local wildlife.  The path is a loop, with a spur that connects to a boardwalk over the marsh.  It offers a nice perspective of the tidal areas without having to wade through the mud. The park was very quiet considering it was bordered by a boat channel and San Pablo Road.  When the weather warms up, this would be an excellent place for a picnic, or just to relax in a secluded setting. (more…)

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