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Bayard Conservation Area Trail

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Bayard Conservation Area Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately 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.

Length 8.5 mi Elevation gain 49 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Bugs

Muddy

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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.

Two parking areas are located on the south side of SR 16. The western parking area is recommended for horseback riding enthusiasts. Other access points are located off U.S. 17 and County Road 226, three miles south of Green Cove Springs.

Call the Districts Bureau of Land Management at (386) 329-4404.

Along the western bank of the St. Johns River, east of U.S. 17, south of State Road (SR) 16 in Clay County, just southeast of Green Cove Springs and 12 miles south of Jacksonville.

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Erik Gieger
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Hiking

Great trail to walk through. Saw turkeys, deer, and beehives. Lots of blackberries as well.

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Nicole Boerner
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HikingBugsOff trail

This trail is dog friendly & is great for a nice Florida hike. Definitely like the north but beautiful in its own way. Many different trails to go onto! Many cars may be parked in the parking-lot but you barley run into anyone. I recommend.

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Katie Caldarera
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HikingNo shade

This trail would be great for biking. I wasn’t thrilled hiking it because there’s no shade. You’re out in the sun most of the time. The only part when it got pretty was by the river. Take the Red trail to the river, but carefully follow the markers or you will get lost.

luther bacon
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Hiking

Very flat very exposed. We were walking in direct sunlight 80% of the time so be sure to pack sunscreen and lots of water. There’s a couple opportunities for water but the wells aren’t certified for human consumption so bring a water filter too. The map isn’t entirely accurate and the blazes are frequently unclear. This led us down the wrong path a couple times. Over all, a Nice little trail. We will probably be back soon

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Sally Herrick
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Hiking

Good social distancing my dogs loved it

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Kandu W.
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Hiking

This trail offers a little of everything: wide open spaces, deep forest trails, a cypress swamp, riverfront space, camping, and picnic areas. It's really easy to get turned around in a few sections and I encountered several people who were trying to find their way out. Stick to the main trails or the blazed trails and you'll be fine. Wonderful opportunity for wildlife viewing.

Angie Clark
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Walking

Great place to social distance. We were the only ones on the trail and it's a beautiful place to walk around or ride bikes.

Joshua Aaron
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HikingNo shadeOff trail

Went to do a short hike ! Great way to social distance

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Karen Paulk
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Hiking

not so great today. Alot of control burn.

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Denise Pemb
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Hiking

Boring trail! Mostly just a road. Flat. There has been a controlled burn recently so no wildlife. The prettiest part and the only part I took my camera out was at the St. John’s river. A few wild iris could be seen close to the road.

Vanessa Phipps
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Hiking

Nice and dry. Cool breeze with the rain moving in but dang that sun was hot. Saw a black bear!

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Emma Rosset
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Hiking

It’s a nice little trail to take your family with little ones and pets. We got off the path due to the trees being chopped down and got a little confused.

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David Semidey
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Backpacking

This trail is very wide. This fact took away a feeling to be connected with nature since it gave a sense of obvious man made with a bulldozer. The sightseeing was very neutral and very similar from beginning to end. Overall a nice place to walk and ride horses, not too much to see.

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Matt Marone
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Hiking

White blaze trail has few spots in water/mud. Other than that, mostly wide open easy hiking.

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Dan Bracewell
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This is a nice hike. Its mostly pine scrub with some swampy areas, so a little redundant. I hiked for about 4 hours here, and could have gone longer. There is camping site next to the river that looks pretty cool. There's also a tower, but it doesn't really have much of a view.

Ellen Weintraub
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Saw a beautiful buck in the first two minutes, also 2 baby boar, thankfully did not see Mama Boar. Could not walk the whole loop due to flooding but managed to walk 8 miles of very pretty scenery.

LA Pride
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Casey Gilbert
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Hiking

First time here. Lots of trails. I could see where parts could be muddy but looks like muddy areas could be avoided. It had been dry for several days when I came. I’ll be back. Maybe with my bike. Bugs were not bad when I was here.

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Brian Vinci
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Hiking

The trails are very wide swaths of cut 3 path road. Easily drive a commercial truck and trailer on almost all of the trails. There are a few spots where water pools and your feet will get wet but the majority of the trails are above grade. The views on the trail are pretty much palmettos and trees. The upside is that since the path is super wide there are no spider webs to walk through. The campsites are primitive and have a fire ring and table. At certain points (cross points) there is a hand pump water source and bathrooms. It’s a super easy area to stroll around in.

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Doug Harris
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HikingFlooded

Great trail, camped over night off the white trail. Little flooded on backend of trail, but for the most part dry. Very nice 14 mile hike.

Evan Copello
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Hiking

Really fun trail to explore, with lots of turn offs and uncharted paths. The map distances aren’t really accurate. It’s about 1.3miles to the Oak Branch Crossing (Marker 2). Theres open areas, and more rugged areas depending on what you prepared for. Definitely bring bug spray, because there are tics present. Tons of game, but they’re pretty elusive. Stick to the trail markers (there are a ton) and you’ll be fine. Red trail is currently partially flooded about .5 miles in. That was disappointing because we didn’t have our water shoes. Other than that, it’s a beautifully scenic hike.

jdjsj hdjndj
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Hiking

I camped out by the river. Most of the way was fireroad. The red marker to the river had about 200 ft of swamped out trail. I just walked through it since I had water shoes on anyway. Only a few mosquitoes. There are pump stations but I was unable to filter out the color after four passes through a Sawyer mini (I don’t know much about treating water and figured if it removes material to point 1 micron...) I’m going to research it better. I saw a boar on my way in and deer and a snake (not sure what kind yet) brown with pattern on his belly about 3ft long. Saw a bear track that I didn’t notice the first time but no bear. No raccoons either which I was expecting. Rats chattered. Armadillos rummaged all around my camp. This site seems to be in between two swamps with the fireroad/path leading in. Firewood was getting slim. note:my mileage is incorrect as I left the park to get water. minus ~4 miles also: You have to reserve a camp spot. I didn’t know it at the time but it’s in the pamphlet at the trailhead. I just went out there and it was unoccupied so I set up but the caretaker was like, Oh, uh ok, when I came across her mowing and told he I was there. Nice lady, very agreeable personality.

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Nicole Boerner
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HikingOver grown

It was very flat & fairly creepy if I may say. The towers look very scary movie type shit haha. Over all good workout lol

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Christina W.
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Christina W.
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Hiking

Last storms have sunk about 30% of the white trail. Saw deer!

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Cameron Weiss
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great trails everywhere the main trail is nice and dry about 2 miles to the fence

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