Jacksonville Baldwin Rail Trail is a 17.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Jacksonville, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Bought a bike for exercise and decided to give this trail a try and started from the Baldwin end. Unfortunately, it was two days after hurricane Matthew tore through the area. LOTS of leaf litter on the trail made it seem like an offroad trail. There was a HUGE tree fallen at an angle across the trail barely a quarter of a mile from the start. You could get under it with your bike, but just barely. Trail cleared up much better after that and was a really pretty ride. Made it to the old train station before turning around. Will definitely be back after the leaves and trees have been cleared away.
I have hiked and biked this trail and it is mostly used for biking. I however enjoyed hiking it much more. There was less noise and therefore saw some wildlife. On the weekends this place can get crowded so I suggest weekday trips if possible. It starts off paved and then transitions into a dirt path. There were benches and rest stops at the two main entrances.
Good rail trail, you have to stop Camp Milton. Explore the area, once a Civil war encampment.
This is a great trail for cycling, but you will also see folks walking, jogging, skate boarding or even horse back riding. There is a restroom by the trail head, and you'll also find facilities at the Civil War site near the 5.5 mile mark, the train station near 12 mile mark, and portable toilets at the end. The trail itself is mostly flat and pretty straight, so it gets boring. But you will ride through farm country and forested areas for the most part with a only a hand full of intersections that you must stop at. I have seen all kinds of wildlife on the trail including deer, turtles, cows, turkey, rattle snakes, pesky squirrels and the occasional loose dog. Lots of cycling clubs meet here early in the morning to train.
This is a smooth paved trail about 14.5 miles long end to end. I run this trail frequently. It has lovely scenery as it goes through a rural and woodsy area. It gets a little boring, as it is perfectly flat and straight, but the occasional wildlife sighting adds some unexpected joy. It has bathrooms, water stops, and parking at several locations. The trail is about a car lane wide, and it is good for all speeds, from slow walkers to runners to speed cyclists.
Great trail! You will see beginners , professionals, and everything in between. 5 different places to start from, llet's you do as much or as little as you want.
This is a Rails to Trails trail and is paved and well maintained. This says it is 15 mi, but that is one way. It is 30 to the end and back. There are public restrooms in two places and a playground at the end. Most of the path is shaded and runs along semi-rural homes; you'll see cows, chickens , etc. It is great for cycling, walking or rollerblading.