Explore the most popular trails near Green Cove Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Green Cove Springs, Florida Map
nature trips
1 month ago

Been there blazing that trail it's a great trail that was back in Middle and high school. the Bayard conservative was SJRWM program for students to learn and leave a positive impact on natural environment around the area. I would recommend it for any and every one to take that hike and/or go out there and camp. they have two primitive camp sites on the trail.

It was a beautiful trail, well maintained but with the recent rains be prepared to get very wet. I would say 50% of trail you are ankle to knee deep. We will go back when it’s a little dryer.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Decently maintained trails crossed paths with two snakes.

4 months ago

nice trails and great campsite by the river. be sure to bring enough water as neither of the 2 pitcher pumps on the property work.

Beautiful hike and easy to follow. Completed 8 miles roughly but be aware the trail is flooded at various points(calf deep) and you should have waterproof boots unless you want soaked boots by the 2nd mile like myself. Still will go back :)

Followed a nice out and back trail to the Red camping area. The AllTrails app only shows the White trail loop but there are several trail options in this area with two places to camp. We saw lots of wildlife once we were off the main trail.

Hiked to the camping area by the river to test out new gear. this was during a cold spell in november
camped over night and I had a great time. planning to go back next weekend on the 26th of January. I'm going to try for a few days this time. great trails and the river is beautiful here

Beautiful hike and a amazing river side campground!

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.

Pretty interesting. Nice wide trail.

horseback riding
Friday, May 19, 2017

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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

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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Nice trail.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

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 :\

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!

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.

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

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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

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
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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
Monday, March 23, 2015

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.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

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

mountain biking
Friday, January 30, 2015

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.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

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.

Monday, July 14, 2014

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

horseback riding
3 days ago

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