Location

Street Address

1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32225.

NOTE: You must use Monument Road to access Millcoe Road and the Arboretum. The Merrill Road end of Millcoe Road is permanently closed.

Map to Location

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Trail maps are located on our Trails page.

Driving Instructions/Street Map

From Regency Area

  1. Travel east on Monument Road from Regency area.
  2. Pass under 9A.
  3. Take a left on Millcoe Road.
  4. Turn right into the Arboretum parking area.

From 9A

  1. Exit east on Monument Road
  2. Take a left on Millcoe Road.
  3. Turn right into the Arboretum parking area.

From East Arlington

  1. Travel west on Monument Road toward Regency.
  2. Take a right on Millcoe Road before the 9A overpass.
  3. Turn right into the Arboretum parking area.

Days and Hours of Operation

Open to the public 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Entry gates are locked promptly at closing so plan your visit so that you exit the Arboretum prior to closing.

Facilities

A handicapped accessible unisex restroom and water fountain are located at the parking area.

ADA – For accommodation requests please contact the City of Jacksonville’s ADA Coordinator at 630-4940 or email; bmeyer@coj.net. Please allow three business days for appropriate processing.

Picnics are welcomed! There are five picnic tables located on a paved section of the Lake Lope trail near the parking area. There is currently no shelter. Benches are located on each of the trails.

Conditions of Use Rules of Conduct

Visitors must exhibit appropriate behavior and follow city and state laws and Arboretum rules. Encouraging safe and responsible behavior is everyone’s business. Report non-emergency situations to JSO at 630-0500. Report emergencies and immediate threats to safety to 911.

  • We encourage a wholesome family atmosphere. Shirts, shoes, and attire appropriate for the woods are required. Respect other visitors and the facilities.
  • Follow instructions from staff. Do not use abusive or foul language, engage in inappropriate displays of affection, or create a disturbance or nuisance.
  • For your safety, stay on marked trails. This is a natural area. Watch for obstacles when walking.
  • Do NOT disturb or harm plants or wildlife. The Arboretum is home to some dangerous, venomous and poisonous plants and animals. Treat wildlife with caution and respect. Firearms and weapons are NOT allowed.
  • Watch your children. For their safety, minors (persons under the age of 18) must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
  • No fishing. No bicycles. Bicycle racks are provided for your convenience in the parking area. Bicycles are NOT allowed beyond the parking area.
  • No smoking and no fires (including cooking fires or grills). Use of the Arboretum fire pit is NOT allowed except during events approved or sponsored by Arboretum Management.
  • Dogs are NOT allowed in the Rosemary Scrub, including on the Rosemary Scrub Vista (behind gates) at any time. Dogs are allowed on other trails but must be kept on leashes that do not exceed 8 feet in length (City Ordinance 642.102). Dogs are NOT allowed off leash, off trail, or in water bodies. Please clean up after your dog.
  • Private parties, events, and organized social functions are NOT allowed without prior written approval from Arboretum Management. To request approval for a private party, event or other social function at the Arboretum, please contact Arboretum Management at info@jacksonvillearboretum.org for fees and/or other requirements.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages is NOT allowed in the Arboretum (other than at a private function approved in writing by Arboretum Management).
  • Use or possession of illegal drugs at the Arboretum is prohibited.

Dog-Walking Rules for Trails

No dogs are permitted in the Rosemary Scrub or even on the Rosemary Scrub Vista.

The Rosemary Scrub Vista accesses one of the most endangered habitats in Florida. Scrub areas are fire-maintained communities composed of evergreen shrubs found on extremely dry, sandy, infertile ridges. Disturbances the size of a human footprint can take more than eight years to recover. Our scrub is slowly recovering from being mined in the mid-twentieth century and is therefore particularly vulnerable. The Rosemary Scrub is also the subject of a current university study. Disturbances require that parts of the projects be redone.

We are also concerned about erosion along the banks of Lake Ray and the nearby ravine. Lake Ray’s banks and the ravine consist of sand that was strip mined. The steep banks are easily disturbed and stripped of vegetation by wandering dogs and humans.

Protecting plants and their habitats is our top priority.

Visiting privileges can be revoked for violating the rules.

If damage from dogs continues, dogs may be banned from the Arboretum, so please control your dog and comply with these rules and the City Ordinance Code.

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