Bayard Conservation Area Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Bayard Conservation Area Trail is a 8.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Green Cove Springs, FL that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

8.5 miles 78 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

canoeing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

Potential 10 mile loop trail with opportunities for shorter. This conservation areas importance is magnified by its closeness to the St. Johns River and the Jacksonville metropolitan area. It is a key to providing flood storage and preservation of water and natural resources in the Lower St. Johns River Basin. Riverine bottomland hardwoods, pine flatwoods and sandhill communities are bordered on the east by the St. Johns River with approximately seven miles of river frontage.

hiking
25 days ago

2 months ago

3 months ago

This rating is for biking, not walking. Scenery isn't anything special.. just woods; but the trail is long and has a variety of conditions for mountain biking (eg tall grass, limestone, sand). I would never walk this trail but its nice for biking.

7 months ago

Good hike but scenery pretty much the same unless you get close to the St Johns.

8 months ago

10 months ago

Nice to be out away from everything, but a very long walk in flooded conditions without seeing anything.

1 year ago

Well maintained fire lines although a bit Sandy and uneven in spots, but not a deal breaker. Was dry on my first trip Memorial Day weekend but there was evidence of potential flood zones so watch the weather. Camp site on river had a great view and wonderful breeze from the water. Red trail markings were newer than the map so not sure if the distanced marked is accurate.

trail running
1 year ago

Home of the "Run til You're Boared" 50K and 16K races on Easter Sunday. Wide trails, clearly marked 2 fire trail sections were a litlle sandy and uneven, one section on a dirt road. Volunteers were great and super helpful. 5 laps of pure enjoyment.

trail running
1 year ago

This is a beautiful preserve with a variety of habitats. Most of the trails are extremely wide. The south area of the preserve permits hunting. A dirt road separates this area from the rest, so you won't accidentally wander into it. Usually the hunting season days are posted where you cross the dirt road, but it is a good idea to check ahead of time. (FWC website lists hunting seasons). If you don't want to venture into the hunting area, you can walk about 0.7 miles east down the road to pick the white loop back up.

walking
1 year ago

Nice, wide trails with easy passage. Some were flooded so there was an occasional detour, but nothing unmanageable.

mountain biking
1 year ago

I ride a 3mi. loop that I came up with at least once a week (usually in Wedenday afternoon) for cardio training. No real elevation change, but has service road, double track, single track, roots and a elevated skinny bridge which is good for a beginner to gain confidence.

hiking
2 years ago

Beautiful day for a hike. Full parking lot, but enough miles of trail that we only encountered other hikers or equestrians about once hourly. I will be heading out here again, soon.

One bit of caution: the southern 2+ miles of the white trail runs through a wildlife management area, so caution must be exercised during hunting season. If you still want to do a loop while staying off the wildlife area, there is a dirt road that borders the wildlife management portion, so you can pick up the white trail on its other north/south side.

hiking
2 years ago

Trail can be VERY muddy after recent rains. Great for running up the miles. There are also two campsites within this trail/conservation area.