Theodore Roosevelt Area trails at Fort Caroline

There are three trailheads crossing the Theodore Roosevelt Area adjoining Fort Caroline: Paved lot at Fort Caroline National Memorial (12713 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville FL). Restrooms. Picnic area. Paved lot opposite the entrance to Fort Caroline. No facilities. Unpaved lot at Willie Browne Trailhead (13303 Mount Pleasant Road). Restrooms. Today I walked from the WillieContinue reading “Theodore Roosevelt Area trails at Fort Caroline”

Lost in Seaton Creek Historic Preserve

Yesterday I visited a new-to-me park, Seaton Creek Historic Preserve in northern Jacksonville (Florida). There was ample parking at the trailhead, although the parking lot looked as though it may sometimes be muddy and impassable. I had downloaded a trail map, and planned to do a figure 8: Take the 2.3 mile Houston Creek TrailContinue reading “Lost in Seaton Creek Historic Preserve”

Thomas Creek Conservation Area is a little rugged

Where is the trailhead? Thomas Creek Conservation Area, managed by the St. Johns River Water Management District, is located at 12831 New Kings Road, Jacksonville, Florida. There is a 1.4 mile loop on the west side of New Kings Road (U.S. 1) and a 3-mile loop on the east side of New Kings Road. BothContinue reading “Thomas Creek Conservation Area is a little rugged”

Eighteen Miles on a Xooter Scooter

This week, I returned to Camp Milton, where I rode my Xooter scooter to the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail intersect, turned left, and headed west. But this day was different than the others. Changing the pushing-foot on my scooter came naturally – and switching feet regularly increased my endurance. I also carried a lightweight backpack, whichContinue reading “Eighteen Miles on a Xooter Scooter”

Birding and the Xooter – The Paths Intersect

Scooter-birding at Big Talbot Island A couple of weeks ago, I took my Xooter scooter to the bicycle trail at Big Talbot Island (Jacksonville, FL). I parked at the trail’s mid-point lot and traveled south, a distance of roughly 2 miles (4 miles round-trip). I was eager to test my skills on this curving, meanderingContinue reading “Birding and the Xooter – The Paths Intersect”