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Everglades City, Ochopee, and Shark Valley

May 2017 – We spent three nights in the small town of Everglades City during our tour of the Gulf Coast.  It was very convenient to all the places we wanted to visit in and around the Everglades.  We stayed… Continue Reading →

Fort Clinch State Park

June 2015 – Fort Clinch State Park is located on the northern end of Amelia Island, about a 45 minute drive from Jacksonville.  The park charges an admission fee for visitors without annual state park passes. Entering the park, there… Continue Reading →

Jekyll Island

August 2015 – Jekyll Island is located about twenty minutes from Brunswick, Georgia.  The island was developed in the early 1900’s for private vacation homes.  It was evacuated by the government during World War II and was later acquired by… Continue Reading →

Bulow Creek State Park & Bulow Plantation Ruins

October 2015 – We arrived at Bulow Creek State Park, parked the car, and got the bikes ready to ride.  First, we checked out the Fairchild Oak near the parking lot.  The oak is several hundred years old and has… Continue Reading →

Big Talbot Island State Park

Located about forty minutes northeast of downtown Jacksonville, this state park is just north of Little Talbot Island (also a state park – covered in a separate post).  The island has a three mile paved biking trail that is isolated… Continue Reading →

Okefenokee Swamp – Stephen C Foster State Park

November 2015 – The Stephen C. Foster State Park is about an hour and forty-five minutes from Jacksonville, across the state line into Georgia.  The admission cost is $5 and is good for seven consecutive days.  The park is pretty… Continue Reading →

Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail

The Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail is a rail trail located on the western side of Jacksonville.  It is approximately 14.5 miles long, ending in the town of Baldwin.  There is also a short nature trail with a boardwalk near the halfway mark…. Continue Reading →

Payne’s Prairie Preserve State Park

September 2015 – Payne’s Prairie Preserve State Park is located about fifteen minutes south of Gainesville.  An entrance fee applies for guests who do not have a state park pass.  The park includes several paths for biking and several nature… Continue Reading →

Egan’s Creek Greenway

Located in the center of Amelia Island, Egan’s Creek Greenway is one of my favorite trails and is sure to please any lover of Florida wildlife.  There are three entrances and multiple paths to follow depending on what your preferences. We… Continue Reading →

Little Talbot Island State Park

Little Talbot Island State Park is located about half an hour northeast of downtown Jacksonville.  It has miles of undeveloped beaches to one side and salt marshes to the other side.  There is a dedicated bike path running from the… Continue Reading →

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