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Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail, Jacksonville

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The Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail is a Rail Trail that extends from northwest Jacksonville to Baldwin, Florida. While it is technically a city park, it includes three separate paths: a multi-use asphalt trail for hiking, jogging, in-line skating or cycling; an off-road bike trail; and a horseback riding trail.HistoryThe City of Jacksonville purchased an unused east/west railroad corridor from CSX Transportation Inc. in December 1992, in conjunction with the Florida Greenways and Trails Program and with approval of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The trail runs from Jacksonville’s Imeson Road to Brandy Branch Road near Baldwin for a distance of approximately 14.5mi. It is 100ft wide, with a 12ft asphalt thoroughfare suitable for nonmotorized wheeled conveyances, such as bicycles and wheelchairs.Trail BufferAll of the Jacksonville Baldwin Rails to Trails Buffer Preserve was purchased with grants from the Florida Communities Trust (FCT), which has provided funding for local communities and eligible non-profit organizations to acquire land for parks, greenways and open spaces since 1991. FCT Grant No. 01-120-FF1 included the following properties: Scarborough, Block, Old Plank Land Trust, Garner and Campbell. The Forbess and Walker properties were purchased with the help of FCT Grant No. 04-052-FF4. The conceptual site plan in the for the Scarborough and Block properties shows hiking, biking, and equestrian trails throughout the properties, plus parking lots to provide more access to the Rail Trail. Picnic pavilions and wildlife observation platforms will also be included. The conceptual site plan for the 491acre Forbess and Walker properties proposed an equestrian cool-down facility, restrooms, picnic pavilions, a horseshoe pit, a volleyball court, a parking area, an equestrian trail, a hiking trail and a biking trail, as well as upland and wetland restoration. As of 2008, those projects, with the exception of the trails themselves, were still in the planning stage.
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  • Quite ride in mostly woods. Long ride. Car parked at one end so you must ride back. Delightful Did get bite. Bring bug spray and water to drink. Saw walkers and bikers.  more »
  • Been riding the trail for many years. 12 miles down and 12 back. You can park and start at either end. Well paved and plenty of room for all those riding. Has mile markers. Has water and bathroom faci...  more »
  • We had not ridden the Jax-Baldwin Trail for a while, so it was a shock to see the disintegration of the pavement on a recent ride. Little maintenance has been done on the eroding shoulders, and the re...  more »