Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens  

Our Trails

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Trails within the Arboretum are graded easiest, moderate, and more difficult based on terrain and length.

Lake Loop Trail (Easiest) 
0.3 miles – 900 adult or 1200 child steps

The Lake Loop circles a two-acre lake and is the route by which the secondary trails are  accessed. This is the garden area where plants that are useful to people are cultivated.  Some plants provide people with food; edible leaves, shoots, roots, flowers, fruits and seeds. Some provide us with construction materials, fibers, tools and other implements. Other plants provide us with latex, oil, resin, dye, plastics, fuel or  other chemicals. Some of these plant-based chemicals are useful to us as medicines.  We use plants to feed domestic animals and to provide environmental benefits such as cleansing our air and water, erosion control and wind breaks.  Planted landscapes improve our learning and healing, and help us deal with  daily stress. Take a walk around the lake, relax and consider the many ways  that we use plants in our daily lives. Get more details.

Sand Ridge Trail(More Difficult)
1.0 miles – 2600 adult or 3460 child steps

The Trail winds through xeric hammock, remnant scrubby  flatwood forest, and rosemary scrub and past freshwater marsh, saltwater marsh, and depression marsh. In May,  lyonia fungus, first named by botanists working at the Arboretum, is visible as flower-shaped growths on the branches of rusty lyonia. Please note on the map that  the Rosemary Ridge Trail is only accessible from the  Live Oak Trail. The Deer Moss Trail and Rosemary Trail  paths provide for shortened hikes. DOGS ARE NOT  ALLOWED ON ROSEMARY TRAIL. Get more details.

Jones Creek Trail (More Difficult)
0.3 miles – 900 adult or 1200 child steps

The Jones Creek Trail meanders through bottomland  forest and hydric hammock beneath a canopy of  sweetgum, red maple, tulip poplar, bald cypress and  several species of oaks.  Numerous species of shrubs  form the midstory and ferns and wetland plants the  groundcover. Bridges cross the creek and a climb leads  to a view over it. The trail also winds through upland  hardwood forest under towering oaks and hickories,  before returning to the bottomlands. This trail  includes steps and narrow bridges and is not  appropriate for children in strollers. Get more details.

Upper Ravine Trail (Moderate)
0.2 miles – 600 adult or 800 child steps

The Upper Ravine Trail extends through  successional forest, along the crest of the  ravine, affording views into the wetlands  below. Oaks dominate this area though a few  longleaf pines remain on the west end. Please  note on the map that the Lake Loop, Lower  Ravine Trail, Jones Creek Trail and Aralia Trail  can all be accessed from the Upper Ravine Trail. Get more details.

Lower Ravine Trail (Moderate)
0.1.miles – 370 adult or 490 child steps

The Lower Ravine Trail loops through early  successional forest. Loblolly bay, red maple,  sweet gum and loblolly pine creates the canopy,  while chain and cinnamon ferns blanket the  forest floo. Please note on the map that the  Lower Ravine Trail is only accessible from the  Upper Ravine Trail, due to surrounding wetlands. Get more details.

Live Oak Trail (Moderate)
0.5 miles 1440 adult or 1920 child steps

The Live Oak Trail winds through ecosystems  including xeric hammock and successional forest.  Several centenarian live oaks, a grove of blooming  pinxter azaleas, and bright red Christmas lichen can  be found along this trail. Please note on the map  that the Live Oak Trail must be accessed from the  Lake Loop Trail; the Sand Ridge Trail can also be  accessed from the Live Oak Trail. Get more details.

Aralia Trail (More Difficult)
0.3.miles 900 adult or 1200 child steps

The Aralia Trail received its name from a colony of thorny Aralia spinosa  (devil’s walking stick) located nearby. Plant habitats along this trail  include remnant longleaf sandhill, remnant seepage slope, and  bottomland forest. Please note on the map that the Upper Ravine Trail  and Jones Creek Trail can be accessed from the Aralia Trail. Get more details.