The Black Creek Trail parallels U.S. Highway 17, from Orange Park south to Black Creek Park near Lakeside, FL, just south of Jacksonville. Passing through scenic forest and wetlands, the trail traverses Fleming Island, though it's not a true island, flanked on the east by the St. Johns River and Doctor's Lake, a river inlet, on the west.
The trail passes by Moccasin Slough Park, a 255-acre wildlife preserve and nature park, home to alligators, bald eagles, and numerous waterfowl species. The recently developed park includes picnic areas, gazebo, playground and a structure for environmental education programs, all along Raggedy Point Road. There are also upland trails and wetland boardwalks with observation decks and a kayak launch.
Use extreme caution when crossing the several intersections along the trail. Be especially cautious when crossing the intersections at Pace Island and CR 220 at Eagle Harbor. Vehicles turning right don't always respect the "walk" signals, and the walk signal timing is very short.
Parking and Trail Access
Black Creek Park, FL, is just south of Jacksonville on US 17/CR 15. Parking is available at Black Creek Park, which also has a covered pavilion and restrooms. The park is at 7890 US Highway 17.
I run this trail frequently. The first half mile from the trailhead is shady and pretty nice. Beyond that, you are in and out of canopy running (riding or walking) along Highway 17. Depending on the time of day, the traffic can be heavy. The major downer ...
Pretty beginning - be careful of intersections later on!
This trail was enjoyable, however, the address listed was a bit off (make sure you GPS Black Creek Park) & use the map to determine where the trail is. The actual numbers did not take us to the trail head. The trail has nice pavement, but realize that ...