Bayard Conservation Area Trail

MODERATE 37 reviews
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Bayard Conservation Area Trail is a 8.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Green Cove Springs, Florida 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.

DISTANCE
8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
49 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

birding
1 month ago

I visited this area on October 17th to do some birding, arriving at about 14:45 in the afternoon on a cool, breezy, and cloudy day with rainstorms threatening. Still saw 23 species of birds, many of them migrant songbirds, in about 3.5 hours walking only the eastern white trail and the return woodland road (part of the yellow trail). As a result of having such a good time on Tuesday, I decided to return early on the next day. Arrived at about 08:45 and spent almost 8 hours hiking the trails in the conservation area including almost the entire white trail (excluding the area used for hunting), most of the red trail, and a good bit of the yellow trail. Much of the area is inundated and that is why I was only able to hike about 75% of the red trail. The inundation is anywhere from muck to 2 to 3 inches deep. The good news is that I have waterproof hikers and pressed on regardless. Saw 42 species of birds on this second trip, which is a single day record for me. Had a great time and would recommend this area for birding. The trail map is excellent, which is par for the course for hiking trails in Florida. Other states efforts pale in comparison to what our state has done for it's hikers.

hiking
2 months ago

4 months ago

Pretty interesting. Nice wide trail.

hiking
4 months ago

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horseback riding
6 months ago

with all the new fire trails its easy to get turned around oh and the fallen trees but was a good ride down to the river.i give it a thumbs up

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Love the wildlife...deer, turkey, wild hogs and birds of every kind! Trails are fairly flat and marked well.

trail running
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

mountain biking
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8 months ago

I really liked the wide open trails and very quiet. We only passed by one other person.

mountain biking
8 months ago

9 months ago

Nice trail.

hiking
9 months ago

This is definitely a good long walk if you're in it for the mileage, but there's not a lot to look at. We did 10 miles of these trails and the highlight was hiking out to the campsites and eating lunch by the river. Everything else is just burn zones and pine trees with a few open fields mixed in. There's also not a lot of shade to be found so make sure to wear sun screen and a hat if you go when it's sunny.

The boardwalk is also closed right now due to potential damage from Hurricane Matthew which happened months ago, but I guess they haven't had a chance to go back out and inspect it. That was disappointing because that was part of the reason I wanted to do this trail, and they didn't mention any trail closures on their website either :\

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