Running on nylon-polyester with a destination to nowhere can become quite a drag, and let’s face it, you don’t look as cute as a corgi on a treadmill. Winter is the time to work on those summer bods, and if you’re looking to enjoy your surroundings while you huff and puff, check out these awesome local places.
Nearly 15-miles of pavement doesn’t sound like the most thrilling run of your life, but the canopy of trees overhead and the wildlife abundance does. Baldwin Rail-Trail is just five minutes from downtown Jacksonville. You can find some of the friendliest people either biking, rollerblading, running, walking their dogs and there’s even trails branching off the pavement for horse-riding or hiking.
Betz Tiger Point Preserve:
Surrounded by a saltwater marsh and wildlife, Betz Tiger Point Preserve is the perfect place to burn some calories. The preserve is approximately 525-acres and is equipped with miles of trails for your hiking, biking or running pleasure. It is located on Pumpkin Hill Road. If your running partner happens to be your furry companion, bring them along! Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Little Talbot Island:
If you’re the type that likes to run on the sand, Little Talbot Island is a beautiful place to go. There’s nearly 5-miles of beautiful beaches. This is one of few remaining undeveloped barrier islands. There’s also about 2-miles of paved bike trails. Dogs aren’t allowed on the beach, but if you’re looking to run the trails, they’re sure welcome there! It’s open from 8 a.m. until sundown but an entry fee is required.
Fort George Island:
There are 3 miles of hiking and biking trails that run through what used to be the Fort George golf course. Fort George Island is a beautiful and historical location for a run. Fort George Island is located on Highway A1A between Jacksonville and Fernandina, or about three miles south of Little Talbot. Dogs are welcome on the trails, and it’s open from 8 a.m. until sundown.