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MORNING: When planning to make a trip to Tillie Fowler first decide whether you’d like to bring the furry friends along. Tillie Fowler is a dog friendly park with plenty of activities you can enjoy with your furry friend, but there is still tons to enjoy if you decide not to bring your dog along. Also if you have a bike, you can load that in your car as there are off-road bike trails near the front of the park.
If you brought your bike, start the day off by exploring the off-road bike trails near the front of the park. When you arrive, you will drive through the park gates and as you are driving down the road on the left side are the off-road bike trails. There is no parking by these trails, so you need to drive down a little further and park by the playground.
If you brought your dog along for the park adventure, start your day by parking at the playground and walking over to the dog park area. Tillie Fowler has two dog parks. One for small dogs and the other for large dogs. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the dog park rules. A general note is the dogs must be on leashes when on the trails.
No dog or bike? Start the day by exploring one of the trails. Tower trails is the shorter of the two trails. Tower Trail is 1.2 miles round trip and leads to an observation tower that overlooks the Ortega river. The second trail is the Island Trail which is 2.25 miles round trip with a bridge to cross over some wet lands. Both trail heads can be accessed near the back of the park. Both trails allow for dogs and bikes.
AFTERNOON: After you have spent some time exploring the park trails, it’s time to take a break at one of the many picnic tables at the playground for a quick snack and refreshment that you brought. Restrooms are located near the playground. There is a pavilion with picnic tables which can be reserved in advanced. All other picnic tables are on a first come basis.
When you are ready to get back to exploring, walk from the playground to the nature center located at the back of the park. As you are walking along the sidewalk, you’ll notice a historic sign. On the left is an old brick road. This brick road is 16 ft wide and ran through Jacksonville. The road was used during World War 1 for the workers from Jacksonville going to Camp Joseph Johnston. The road was heavily used during rush hour which resulted in constantly repair holes. The road is one way and would switch directions during morning and afternoon rush hour since it was so narrow.
Continue to walk down a little further, you will come up to the nature center. The nature center hours vary.
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Address: 7000 Roosevelt Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32244