Bayard Conservation Area Trail

MODERATE 25 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.

8.5 miles 75 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.

18 days ago

25 days ago

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

mountain biking
30 days ago

1 month ago

Nice trail.

hiking
1 month 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 :\

2 months ago

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3 months ago

I love this trail...of course it's for walking! It's beautiful to be out in nature and see nothing but trees...the scenery changes depending on your route. it's hard to find long trails near Jax. I've done this twice both times for over 2 hours. Highly recommend!

hiking
4 months ago

6 months ago

6 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.

hiking
8 months ago

10 months ago

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

1 year ago

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

hiking
1 year ago

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
2 years 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.