Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a 120-acre metropolitan woodland that is filled with trails for you and your family and friends to explore and enjoy. There is an array of trails within the Arboretum that are for all levels of walkers and explorers. Each trail provides benches for you to pause to get a good stretch or just to enjoy the view. The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, Inc. manages and developed the Arboretum. Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is open to the public 7 days a week from 8 am to 5 pm. The entry gates are locked promptly at closing time. It is advised that you plan your visit accordingly so that you can exit the Arboretum prior to closing. Aside from special events, there is no admission fee into the Arboretum & Gardens.

 

These trails will encourage you to get out and move! From a 0.3 mile long trail to get you started to a one-mile winding dirt trail that goes through multiple habitats, you will easily hit the daily recommendation of walking 10,000 steps a day. Each trail offers you a chance to relax and get in touch with nature.

 

The Lake Loop Trail is the easiest trail for you to explore. It encircles Lake Ray—a two-acre, man-made lake. The Upper Ravine Trail provides a moderate dirt hiking trail at 0.3-miles. It connects to the Jones Creek Trail—a more difficult trail—and has a ravine that extends east and west along the south side of the Lake Loop. Other moderate trails include the Lower Ravine Trail and the Live Oak Trail, each offering its complexities for the walker. The more difficult trails include the Rosemary Ridge Trail at one-mile long and the Aralia Trail that is located on a natural seep. Each trail includes special points of interest. For a copy of a map of the trails, click here.

 

To contact the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, click here.

 

 

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