The natural, 3+ miles of unpaved trails are ideal for walking, jogging, mountain biking, bird watching, photographing nature, or horseback riding. Located just south of Davis Park and near Ponte Vedra High School, the trailhead offers parking for vehicles and horse trailers, as well as restroom facilities.
The Preserve is situated south of the Palm Valley Bridge on the natural estuary directly across from the Guana Preserve. The long-term impact is that this section of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine will be preserved for perpetuity,” said Chris Pilinko, project director at the PARC Group.
Designed to offer future access to the Intracoastal Waterway through canoe and kayak launches, the trails are the first phase of The Nocatee Preserve’s management plan, which allows for passive recreational improvements such as natural and paved trails, overlooks, boardwalks, and environmental signage.
County residents can enjoy a picnic at Davis Park and then spend hours exploring Nocatee’s serene beauty by hiking through the preserve trail and connecting with nature,” said Smith, who adds that the trails will be open daily from dusk to dawn.
The Ponte Vedra and Palm Valley area is known for its ranches and horse stables. Since there are few equestrian trails open to the public in St. Johns County, the trails provide horse enthusiasts with another venue for recreational activities.
501 Davis Park Road, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081
ALBUQUERQUE LITTLE THEATRE
Fort Mose Historic State Park is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. In 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered the settlement of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose for short, as a settlement for those fleeing slavery from the English colonies in the Carolinas. Over the next 25 years, Fort Mose and Spanish Saint Augustine became a sanctuary for Africans seeking liberation from the tyranny of English slavery.
For half a century, visitors to St. Augustine have made the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Visitor Information Center their first stop upon arriving in the Nation’s Oldest City. Commonly known as the “VIC,” the center offers information on special and cultural events, brochures and guidebooks for the area's attractions, clean restrooms, a gift shop. The VIC is staffed with friendly fully licensed tour guide hosts who gladly share information on attractions, museums, tours, accommodations, restaurants and unique shopping opportunities. The VIC is where a St. Augustine vacation begins, whether you plan to stay a day, a weekend or longer.