S-Line Urban Greenway
Like the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail, the S-Line is an old railway transformed into a wide, paved trail for runners, walkers, and bikers alike. Located in the outskirts of downtown Jacksonville, this 5k begins in the Durkeeville area and winds through Historic Springfield, a neighborhood with one of the largest collections of Victorian homes in the Southeast.
S-Line Urban Greenway Map
Why stick to the pavement when you could jog along the sand? At low tide, Neptune Beach’s smooth shore is filled with runners whose only obstacles are tidepools and sandcastles. Just under 4K out-and-back, the length of this small beach town makes a quick, scenic running route. Jog the span of the beach with the ocean and sand dunes at your sides as the seagulls soar above. Afterward, take a dip in the waves at Seagate Avenue, a popular surfing destination among the locals.
Theodore Roosevelt Area at Timucuan Preserve
Considered the toughest running route in Jacksonville, the trail at the Timucuan Preserve’s Theodore Roosevelt Area snakes through the highest elevations in Jacksonville. The hills along the trail rush back down to the marshlands, where manatee sightings are common in the Springtime. Amateur runners beware: this six-mile loop spans rough terrain covered in exposed oak and pine tree roots, creating a stunning wooded path.
Theodore Roosevelt Area Map
A1A Timucuan Trail
Cutting through the middle of the Timucuan Preserve, amidst the beauty of local State Parks, the A1A Trail connects Big Talbot Island to Little Talbot Island on a paved path surrounded by marshes, wild vegetation, and the occasional wildlife encounter with a tortoise, and hundreds of different bird species. There are parking lots by the trail and it is protected from traffic by vegetation and barriers making it very safe for long distance runners.
A1A Timucuan Trail Map