If you want to learn about an array of colorful flowers from around the world, then don't miss visiting the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens.
Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for the residents of northeast Florida by cultivating a unique environment for recreation, education, and inspiration.
All of the arboretum's paths and boardwalks were built by members of the community, and the trails near our apartments in Jacksonville, FL include:
Jones Creek Trail
Jones Creek is a short trail that wanders through a bayhead before heading up along a sand bluff. There are several grade changes throughout, and at higher elevations, hikers will discover an upland forest full of oak and hickory trees.
Upper Ravine Trail
Nestled on the ravine's south side, the Upper Ravine Trail features longleaf pines. These towering trees once covered over ninety million acres of the Southeastern coastal plains, and nearly 97 percent of them are gone today. They can live for more than two hundred years, and the Arboretum is planting more along the path.
Part of the Aralia trail is situated on a natural seep, and it meanders through small forested wetlands which provide food, water, and shelter for a wide range of plants and animals. Look on the fallen logs for croaking frogs and in the trees for chirping birds.
Lake Loop Trail
Leading around Lake Ray, the Lake Loop Trail features a 25-foot drop in elevation between the trailhead and the most easterly side of the loop. The lake's banks range from shallow to steep, and feature grasses, shrubs, and trees. As hikers explore, they will likely also see ducks, reptiles, and other animals.
The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is less than twenty minutes from Wimberly at Deerwood. If you are searching for a place to live, please contact us to arrange a tour. Our leasing agents would love to show you all our community has to offer firsthand.