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Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail, FL
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Distance One Way 14.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 45 feet
Elevation Gain 80 feet
Accumulated Gain 200 feet
Interest Perennial Creek
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Sun  5:27am - 7:21pm
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by kingsnake

The Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail is just west of the I-295 loop and just north of I-10. The east trailhead is on Imeson Rd.

The trail is mostly used by bike riders, but horses and pedestrians are also allowed.


It crosses many roads, and passes by many semi-rural residential areas. (Many large properties with ponds, barns, work sheds, etc.)

Unlike some rail trails, which are hard pack sand / dirt / gravel, this one is paved.

Because of Florida's abundant trees & vegetation, shade is plentiful.

One highlight is Camp Milton, which was a confederate camp during the Civil War. Exploring Camp Milton adds about two miles to your day. (I'm not sure, but I believe it is pedestrians only.) Part of Camp Milton's trails are paved, but there is a lo-o-ong boardwalk around the old earthworks. Camp Milton is just about halfway west on the rail trail.

The trailhead just across Halsema Rd. from Camp Milton has tire pumps and other gear to help bikers.

The other highlight is the Baldwin Station, a historical train stop converted to a town park.

Benches & trash cans are regularly located along the trail, which has very little garbage despite being so close to civilization.

The trailheads at both ends have restrooms, plus there is one at Camp Milton just off the rail trail, at Baldwin Station, and a portapotty at the Halsema Rd. trailhead.

Snakes & gators are always a possibility, as much of the non-developed terrain is low & swampy, or simply soaking wet from Florida's daily afternoon rainstorm.

The Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail ends just west of the town of Baldwin, on Brandy Branch Rd.

kingsnake
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    On I-295, just north of I-10, take exit 22 onto Commonwealth Ave. Head west on Commonwealth Ave. for .75 miles. Head north on Imeson Rd. for .40 miles. The trailhead is on the west side of Imeson Rd.
    page created by kingsnake on Apr 09 2018 8:25 am
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