Getting to Know Jacksonville: the Baldwin Trail

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When you are caught in the midst of downtown Jacksonville, it is hard tell how close you are to the heart of the countryside. However, Jacksonville might be one of the few metropolitan areas where that is a true and just statement. Traditions Realty shares the next in our Getting to Know Jacksonville: the Baldwin Trail.

The Baldwin Trail

The Baldwin Trail is just five miles outside of downtown Jacksonville and offers over 14 miles of serene countryside and beautiful scenery that you can enjoy either on foot or during a bike ride. Like many other historic trails in Florida, the Baldwin trail follows an old rail system. While the rail system no longer follows that route, the trail remains a popular destination for the Jacksonville locals who know of its splendor. The Baldwin Trail is part of the Timucuan preserve, which incorporates several other natural and historical sites in Jacksonville, as well.

the baldwin trailThe Baldwin trail guides travelers through wetlands, hardwood uplands and pine flatwoods that are home to all sorts of wildlife, like wild turkeys, white-tailed deer and myriad species of birds. The trees provide a dense canopy over the trail, which offers a great form of sun protection while giving you the sense that you are traveling through a deep tunnel as you progress along the historic trail.

Nature isn’t the only thing to see along the Baldwin Trail. At one end of the trail is Camp Milton, one of the most respected Civil War historical sites in all of Florida. Camp Milton was once a confederate fort, housing about 7,500 confederate soldiers after the battle of Olustee in 1864. At that time the Baldwin Trail was still a working rail system, and the confederate army used the fort to block the shipment of supplies to the north. Camp Milton is still home to numerous Civil War artifacts. When visiting the Baldwin Trail, you can either park at Camp Milton or travel there by walking along the trail.

Rental and sale opportunities are available in the neighborhoods surrounding the Baldwin trail. Houses back up directly to the trail, which periodically breaks the scenery of the trail from densely wooded areas to finely kept family homes. As there are also schools nearby, you might encounter children walking along the trail during the after school hours, or family’s enjoying an evening walk together along the trail.

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