There are so many epic vistas that make you just want to stop, hop out of your car and grab for you camera to snap that jaw dropping Instagram shot. Just strolling through these beautiful places can certainly lower your blood pressure and energize your spirit.
Here are some awe-inspiring Jacksonville scenic paths we suggest you add to your itinerary, this is by no means all there are to explore, but just a few to get you started!
Expanding along the St. Johns River, the Riverwalk perfectly combines the serenity of the water with the urban core’s upbeat vibe. This route along the North and South bank creates a perfect five mile out-and-back loop.
Over two miles long on the Northbank and 1.25 miles on the Southbank, the Riverwalk offers a fantastic view of the St. Johns River for you to stroll at your leisure. Both sides are connected by the Main St. Bridge and the Acosta Bridge and are great for running, strolling, and peaceful contemplation.
What to look for: dolphins! Or a sunset. Friendship Fountain is one of Jacksonville’s most popular attractions. It is located on the west end of the Southbank Riverwalk and features a view of the buildings downtown.
The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a 120-acre urban woodland full of trails for you to explore and enjoy. Just a quick stroll around the beautiful lake loop (0.3 miles) can brighten your mood and immerse you in nature.
What to look for: Benches which allow you to enjoy the view of the lake. Enjoy a shaded rest area by the award-winning loblolly tree.
The 50-acre nature preserve features seven trails, natural gardens, native animals, a petting zoo and a hands-on natural history museum.
What to look for: Each year, Tree Hill Nature Center hosts this unique community event that culminates in a live butterfly release.
Two easy walking trails to enjoy with a serene nature view. Take the Park’s boardwalk to the water and see part of the Ortega River.
What to look for: 826-foot boardwalk along the Ortega River and a pier that may be used for launching kayaks and canoes.
Two of the most beautiful and unique places in all of Northeast Florida, these two beaches aren’t your ordinary sandy places to play. Black Rock offers unique rick structures that resemble lava but were formed by sand. Boneyard is home to fallen tree skeletons that protect the island.
What to look for: giant driftwood tree skeletons!
A wetland area allowing you to enjoy Jacksonville’s history and make the most of the experience featuring kayaking, camping and hiking.
What to look for: Timucuan Preserve has an educational side so trips can be planned for all. Educational trips includes a scavenger hunt, a tour of the preserve and the “Junior Ranger” program for kids 4-12.
Riverfront Park in San Marco is a great destination to watch the sunset on a blanket or folding chair.
What to look for: A great spot to spot manatees surfacing near the shore.
At Cradle Creek, there is a canoe/kayak landing, natural trails with views of the marshes and the Intracoastal.
What to look for: The sunset from the marsh grass areas
Betz Tiger Point Preserve is surrounded by awe inspiring broad expanses of saltwater marsh. Stunning scenic views as well as abundant wildlife can be seen in this natural setting.
What to look for: trails that curl along the water.
The S-Line is an old railway transformed into a wide, paved trail for runners, walkers, and cyclist alike. Located in the outskirts of downtown Jacksonville, this 5k begins in the Durkeeville area and winds through Historic Springfield.
What to look for: Sugar Hill Mosaic Wall
More than 600 acres of outdoor natural beauty, with horseback riding and dogs on leashes both permitted. The Cedar Point Loop Trail takes you through maritime hammock with marsh views. The trail is a 3.6 mile loop.
What to look for: Bird Watching!