Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail

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Just west of bustling downtown Jacksonville, the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail, one of north Florida's oldest, traverses a rural setting of hardwood uplands, wetlands and pine flatwoods. A dense tree canopy shelters much of the nearly 15-mile paved path, providing habitat for hawks, wood storks, stilts and belted kingfishers. You're also likely to encounter turkeys, alligators, rabbits, gopher tortoises and coral snakes. Beware the latter, a venomous species with wide black and red bands broken by narrow yellow rings.

The Imeson Road trailhead, closest to Jacksonville, is a good place to start an out-and-back journey. Here you'll find the first of several restroom facilities and benches along the trail. This also marks the start of a separate equestrian trail that runs in the adjacent tree line, except where creek crossings bring trail users together.

Midway along the trail is the Camp Milton Historic Preserve rest area. Once home to the largest encampment of Confederate troops during the Civil War, the site includes the remains of a mile-long defensive works, a re-creation of a late 19th-century homestead, a replica bridge, an arboretum and extensive boardwalks. Just west of Camp Milton, you may hear naval aircraft on training runs at nearby Whitehouse Field.

You'll find plenty of restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations near the trail's eastern endpoint in Jacksonville as well as its terminus in Baldwin. Plans are in the works to connect this trail to neighboring recreational and ecological corridors.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the Imeson Road trailhead from downtown Jacksonville, take I-10 west to Exit 356/I-295 North and head up I-295 to Exit 9/Commonwealth Avenue. Drive west on Commonwealth about 1 mile to Imeson and turn right. The marked trailhead is on the left.

To reach the Brandy Branch Road trailhead, take I-10 west to Exit 343/US Highway 301 and head north to US Highway 90. Turn left, drive west about 2 miles then turn right on Route 121/Brandy Branch Road. The marked trailhead is on the right.

City of Jacksonville
555 West 44th Street
Jacksonville, FL 32208
(904) 630-5400


nice ride

   December, 2014 by ktntysn

Good trail of plain. Met the security rooster at the Imeson trailhead! read more

Second Time on the trail..

   August, 2014 by rebecca.chambers.144

I only rode to the 10 mile marker this last time. It was a great way to start a Sunday. I really do like this trail - people are otherwise friendly. Most say good morning. My only major concern, the gun shots you could hear in the distance. Whether ...read more

First Timer

   November, 2013 by dadsurveyor

This morning was my first ride on any of the trails in the area. I picked this trail because it was close to my house and because of all the positive reviews. It was a very nice ride. Because I am just getting into riding, I wasn't sure how far I was ...read more