Lace Up Your Shoes and Check Out the New Fuller Warren Bridge – Shared Use Path
Exploring Jacksonville’s historic riverfront neighborhoods has never been easier.
San Marco and Riverside, once a ten-minute drive separated by the St. Johns River is now a short .9 mile walk, or bike ride, thanks to the new Fuller Warren Bridge Shared Use Path (SUP). Before the Shared Use Path, the only way to walk from one of these neighborhoods to the other was to use pedestrian paths across the Acosta Bridge or through the Northbank Riverwalk and over the Main Street Bridge.
The Shared Use Path is a pedestrian/bike path with two 6-foot-wide lanes made for walkers, cyclists and runners to safely cross from one side of the river to the other. It is on the southside of the Fuller Warren Bridge and is separated from traffic by fencing. The path also features lighting and lookout areas where pedestrians can pause to take in the gorgeous sights of the St. Johns River.
There are two access points that pedestrians can use to enter the path. One is in Riverside, on Riverside Avenue, which features free public parking under the Fuller Warren Bridge where the Riverside Arts Market is held. Some nearby attractions include the Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens, Memorial Park and shopping in Five Points. Nearby restaurants include River and Post, Hoptinger Bier Garden, Corner Taco and more.
The second access point is from the sidewalk next to the river behind Nemours Children’s Hospital in San Marco. If you decide to start in San Marco, there is paid public parking available near the entrance. Some nearby attractions include Riverfront Park and shopping in San Marco Square. San Marco dining options include TAVERNA, Town Hall, Bistro AIX, V Pizza, The Bearded Pig and more.
The next time you are up for an adventure, take a warm, breezy walk across the Shared Use Path and explore two of Jacksonville’s historic neighborhoods.