Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens 1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225  

Visit The Arboretum


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.

Suggested Donation

$3 non-member visitor donation requested to help pay operations.

Map to Location

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 I-295.
  3. Take a left on Millcoe Road.
  4. Turn right into the Arboretum parking area.

From I-295

  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 I-295 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. NOTE: The Arboretum, or certain facilities within the Arboretum, may be closed from time to time for special events.


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

ADA – For accommodation please contact info@jacksonvillearboretum.org.

A handicap-accessible unisex restroom and water fountain are located at the entry next to the parking area. Paved walkways at the entry are handicap-accessable. There is also handicap-assessable access to the pavilion shelter from the Lake Loop at the east end of Lake Ray. Information signs concerning the grades and slopes for the Lake Loop are posted near the entry. Currently no named trails are fully handicap-accessable.

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.

  • No fee or reservation is required for taking personal photographs and videos nor those taken as part of photography classes, clubs or groups.  Reservations and fees will be required for professional photographers. Please read our Photo Policy (.pdf) for much more detail.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Photo Policy


No fee or reservation is required for taking personal photographs and videos nor those taken as part of photography classes, clubs and groups. Reservations and fees will be required for professional photographers. Guidelines for each category are noted below. Photography should not interfere with the enjoyment of other guests and should not create any safety concerns. Please stay on paths or designated visitor areas to avoid damage to plants. No photographs of identifiable people may be taken nor shared with others without the written consent of each person photographed.

Personal photographs and videos

Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens encourages visitors to take casual photographs and videos of their visit for their own personal use and to share these with others on our Facebook page and Instagram. Personal photographs and videos should not be used for commercial purposes.

Photography & Video Classes, Clubs or Groups

Photography classes, clubs and groups are welcome to take photographs but are asked to notify the Arboretum prior to scheduled meeting date and time to be sure there are no conflicts with other events that may limit such activities. Photographs and videos taken during these sessions should not be used for commercial purposes. Contact us at info@jacksonvillearboretum.org and note “photography” in the subject line.

Professional Photographers

For photographs and videos taken for commercial purposes, a reservation and fee is required. For the purposes of this policy, a professional photographer is defined as someone who is being paid to take photographs on the Arboretum property. This includes portrait photography sessions such as engagement, wedding and family groups, reunions, and corporate functions.

There are two payment options:

1. For one-time or occasional photography sessions at the Arboretum, the fees per session are:
$ 60.00 for 2 hour session with up to 10 plus photographer
Additional hours at $ 30.00 per hour in 1-hour increments only
Full day (9 hours) at $ 250.00

2. Annual permit – unlimited number of sessions, maximum number per session is 10 plus photographer
$ 500.00 per year
Must make reservations in advance

Photographers must wear badge provided by JAG when photographing or filming. The Arboretum requires the location credit Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, Jacksonville, FL in all commercial uses of images taken in the Arboretum. All sessions should be scheduled during the Arboretum’s normal operating hours of 8–5. After hours sessions must be pre-approved by JAG and will incur additional fees. The Arboretum may deny, at its sole discretion, any request. For more information and to download reservation form, go to our Site Rentals page.

For clients renting the property for a special event, such as a wedding or family reunion, there is no additional charge for the Client’s professional photographer.
For commercial photography and filming with crews, please contact info@jacksonvillearboretum.org with specifics on proposed session and our rental coordinator will contact you to discuss fees and guidelines.

For complete details and application please download this copy of Photo Policy(.pdf).

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