In the metropolitan city of Jacksonville, Florida, you will find a garden comprised of several trails for your workout session. The Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens is a 120-acre property with many trails and gardens for the perfect hiking experience.
This place has become the local's favorite spot to hike and find hidden painted rocks. It features six natural trails with different mile lengths, including one of the most difficult ones known as Live Oak Trail. Along each of the pathways, you will be immersed in Florida's most enchanting nature and wildlife scenery.
The arboretum has a wide diversity of plants and animals with different landscapes that support the communities inhabiting the site. As you discover the arboretum you will encounter fish, alligators, turtles and more.
This is a must-visit spot if you are taking a state-wide road trip. The park is dog-friendly however, biking is limited to the paved lot.
No matter the time of the year, volunteers keep this park well-maintained and trash off the paths. If you want to reconnect with nature and relax, this place will offer you great benches with the perfect overlook spot. And if you're a Pokemon fan then you'll be pleased to know this has become a popular place to play Pokemon Go.
Besides being a place for a nice walk, the arboretum is full of green lush which makes it perfect for whimsical engagement photo shoots. Even though parking is limited, you can wait around as people are always leaving and entering the premises. The wait is definitely worth it.
The arboretum is open seven days a week from 8 am to 5 pm. Hours are extended during summer until 7 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. The place is free and open to the public.
The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is located at 1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225.