With over three miles of trails traversing through 13 different ecosystems, the Jacksonville Arboretum offers a variety of experiences for people of all ages and abilities. The Arboretum's trails are graded easiest, moderate and more difficult based on terrain and length. Our central trail, the Lake Loop, is the easiest and encircles the picturesque Lake Ray. All other trails are accessed from the Lake Loop Trail and have benches along the way. Trail maps are available at the entrance kiosk.Put Jacksonville Arboreteum & Gardens into our Jacksonville online road trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
For those with smart phones, QR codes on posts along the trails can be scanned for information on special points of interest. There are also 12 cyber yoga stations around Lake Ray with yoga poses demonstrated by U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller.
With an initial grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Foundation and in partnership with the Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, the Jacksonville Arboretum developed a "Trails for Health" program based on the Centers for Disease & Prevention's Steps to a Healthier U.S. initiative, the purpse being to encourage children and families to walk for better fitness and health. In addition to the length and difficulty, the trails have been measured in the number of steps needed to complete each so visitors can calculate the number of steps taken toward the recommended 10,000 per day.
Jacksonville Arboreteum & Gardens Reviews
This is a very nice place to stroll through several miles of trails, see all sorts of plants and trees, and really enjoy nature. more »
I have been visiting these amazing gardens for years and have visited at various times throughout the year and have always been delighted to discover the new and different things that are blooming dur... more »
I loved visiting Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens. I wasn't even aware that I lived so close, until a few days ago. The trail is a lovely trek through Florida's natural flora with some gorgeous and breathtaking sights. Along the way, there are bulletins with information about the plants and the impacts of invasive species! It's open to the public and they have a donation spot near the front for people who can and want to help.
This is a very good place to walk, with interesting views and enough elevation to have a little better workout than we usually get in Jacksonville. Each trail is short, but you can combine them to walk as long as you want. There are enough other people to make you feel safe but uncrowded. I come regularly with my dog. The Upper Ravine trail is my favorite. It's a different kind of view from the flat places we usually see in Jacksonville.
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