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5 CHALLENGING HIKES TO DO AROUND JACKSONVILLE

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Hiking is a great activity you can enjoy outside and still maintain safe social distancing protocols while getting a good workout in. The Jacksonville area offers several challenging trails that will get your heart pumping while exploring new areas of the city – here’s our list of fave spots to check out!

Fort Caroline National Monument

This 4.2-mile loop, consisting of four different trails in total. offers a surprising amount of elevation changes for the otherwise flat state of Florida. Much of the trail is under a canopy of trees and offers sublime views of the nearby St. John’s Wetlands.

E-Line

Part of the Hanna Park complex, the 3.5-mile E-Line loop features several log crossings to break up long stretches of rolling singletrack.

South Loop

Like the E-Line, the South Loop is part of the Hanna Park complex. It is a 4.3-mile loop of relatively flat singletrack that intersects with several other trails, such as the Z-Trail and Lil Joe, that creates many different loop combinations.

The Dune Ridge Trail

This four-mile track winds its way through dunes, marshes, and maritime hammocks before finishing with a scenic walk down the Atlantic Ocean beach. From spring to early fall, you may encounter painted buntings nesting in the area.

Fort George Loop Trail

Located on Fort George Island, the trail can be taken as a 3-mile loop or extended to a longer 5.8-mile hike. Managed by the Fort George Island Cultural Trust, the island contains a variety of wildlife you may encounter, including gopher tortoises, armadillos, and peafowl.

Regardless of where you hike, be sure to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated in Florida’s high temperatures, wear a hat, and use bug spray to keep the mosquitos at bay. For more outdoor spots to visit nearby, head over to our blog page!

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