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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.
This trail is right down Hwy 17, so you have the auto noise constant. The path has alot of root growth so its not smooth, and the condos and subdivisions along the trail use the trail to walk there dogs on the trail, the smell on the southern part of was very strong. Not my favor-it trail.
I use it often for biking as I live nearby. Southern end is tree covered mostly until one crosses CR220. Also the county extended a trail south from Black Creek Park bridge along US17 to Green Cove Springs another approx 3.5 miles. The asphalt trail parallels the highway and is mainly out in the open so is not very scenic but great for exercise.
Love how it begins in the park but thereafter way too many intersections off of a major state road. Nearly hit three times by drivers not paying attention. Super noisy. Just not enjoyable.
The walk was pleasant. At first not to noisy but after about half a mile the path was closer to US17 highway. I was walking at about 9am when traffic was not so bad. After awhile the traffic did not really bother me more like white noise in the background. The trail was nice to walk on mostly asphalt but there was a couple places about 3 miles in there was lots of wet leaves. The mile markers marked at every quarter mile was more incentive to walk. Someone had skidded several times over mile marker 2.5 removing some of the number. It was not a problem walking pass several of the crossings for me although I could see if you had to stop and start with a bike it could be annoying.
Not a clean trail.
Too Many Intersections.
Unkept Boardwalk caused a flat with my partner.
👎 Don't Waist You Time.
This trail is rather beautiful and has great potential, but it is simply way too dangerous! There are several busy intersection with multiple lanes. The light turned as I was crossing one of them. The outer drivers saw me and remained stopped but not the middle driver who was just pulling up. He floored his gas pedal as soon as he saw green nearly killing me. Thank God I was going slowly and was able to hit my brakes as he zoomed by. I felt I was taking a huge risk too many times. If you head out, go very early in the morning, when traffic will be lightest. Be extra careful and consider walking your bike across those crazy intersections.
I like to ride these trails because it's quieter than riding on the roads and I get some good exercise out of it. I got neither of them while riding this trail. I had to stop more times than I care to count for every little driveway on the trail, not to mention the major intersections, to keep an eye on cars that may or may not be paying attention to a biker on the path. It is also VERY noisy, with constant traffic from an extremely busy roadway that is close by. I have ridden several other trails that parallel a highway, but none are as busy and congested as US 17. Will not be going back.
Good paved trail. I can handle the traffic noise...just can't handle the constant stops. Probably won't do again. (For women biking alone, didn't feel comfortable parking in trail parking I found another parking lot where there was a lot more cars/people.)
Just rode this trail last week and wanted to like it. Found 3 significant factors working against this trail:
1. Trail parallels Hwy. 17 which is a major thoroughfare of 6 lanes with LOTS of traffic- including many trucks. You cannot escape considerable traffic noise as the trail is usually just 50 feet away from the highway.
2. There are 7 intersections with lights- some of them very busy with several lanes turning all ways. That is 7 major intersections in 8 miles!-plus several driveways to commercial establishments I did not count. Just about the time you are falling into a nice pedaling cadence you have to stop and start again. Your rhythm is interrupted time and again.
3. There is a long wooden bridge at the north end of the trail. The 2x4 wood cross pieces are in terrible shape with many loose and almost all having lot of splinters peeling off. I fully expected to be pulling a splinter out and changing a tube.
The Black Creek Trail is a good alternative if you live in the area and want to bike somewhere as it intersects many major roads with shopping centers. The southern 3 miles is nice but commercial interference increases as you head north. In my opinion, it is not a destination trail. There are too many other delightful trails to ride in NE Florida.
Most of the trail was well paved, however there are many busy crossover intersections. Available parking is only at the end of the trail, so you have to drive 8 miles to park.
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 on this trail is the number of street crossings, which includes a few major roads. The trail goes up and over Doctor's inlest, which is nice. Not a bad little trail.
While the ride starts off really nice from Black Creek it soon turns into a ride of just noise... the trucks, vehicles along US 17 deters from the pleasant ride to include crossing CR220 can be hazardous... Won't be visiting this trail anytime soon!
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 you will be right next to the road so there is not a lot of scenery. Also realize that you cross 10 or so intersections so be careful if you have children with you or people who are not comfortable crossing the road. The trail will get a bit sunny, so I would't recommend for a hot, sunny day. You don't really know when the trail ends - we went about a mile past the bridge, but I would recommend the bridge as a good stopping point (maybe an extra challenge to go up and back)?
We started in Black Creek where the park is very nice. However, the further north we rode, the more subdivisions, strip malls and churches we passed. The trail itself is very good, but I would recommend the Jacksonville - Baldwin trail for a sense of nature
We took our 2 boys to this trail today. It was really nice. There are places where you cross the street but if you are aware of this and plan for it this is a great trail. I can't wait to go back and run it.
"Having just moved here from Atlanta, we love this trail which winds through beautiful woods on both sides of trail at times and over scenic marshland. We love it. Be careful crossing at many intersections however."
"This trail has way too many street crossings for my liking. The automobile drivers tend to not care if you are crossing the path. To them, it's their road and the path is just a path.
"This is the most poorly signed trail I have ever been on. Most of the intersections have both a stop sign and a walk/don't walk sign. The crossing at Eagle Harbor Parkway has a small stop sign about a foot off the ground in front of a crosswalk that the cars don't respect. Then the walk/don't walk sign is on an island in the middle of the intersection.
The other major problem is that the landscapers that take care of the large negiborhoods that this trail borders use the path as a road. Watch out for golf carts, mowers and utility trucks."
"This is a nicely paved and well maintained trail that runs along the west side of State Highway 17 between Orange Park and Green Cove Springs, FL.
The smooth trail surface is ideally suited for in-line skating, bicycling, walking, and/or jogging.
The trail surface is primarily asphalt and/or concrete, however there are a few elevated sections (constructed over marshlands) where the surface is wooden decking.
Because the combined highway and trail right-of-way abuts several residential and commercial neighborhoods, food and liquid refreshments are at several spots along the route.
The convenience of nearby services comes with a hefty price though, and that price is the multitude of very busy street and private driveway crossings along the 8-mile long trail route.
The best time to travel along this trail is towards the end of the day, as there are tall trees that will provide shade when the sun is in the west.
Parking is available at Black Creek Park, just north of Green Cove Springs on Highway 17. This park has ample secure parking and clean public rest rooms."
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