Bike, Northeast Florida's parks, on gently rolling nature trails through tree hammocks, pine flats, and ancient dunes systems teeming with Florida's diverse wild residents.
Bike tours are about 2 hours and start with a brief introduction to our Trek comfort cruisers, a leisurely ride through the park, and a break midway to snack and rest. Depending on the group, we can stop many places along the way for the guide to point out local flora and fauna, break at the scenic salt marsh vistas, and enjoy learning the local history or get a little exercise and just ride.
Our Bike tours are offered at three convenient locations, in some of Northeast Florida's most beautiful parks, each one having a unique history. The locations include: Foat Clinch State Park on the north end of Amelia Island , Fort George Island and Kingsley Plantation in the Timucuan Preserve minutes north of Jacksonville and south of Amelia Island and in the summer of 2012 the section of the Timucuan Trail that goes thru Big Talbot Island State Park will be available for us to explore. Your guide will entertain you with stories of the past and as a professional naturalist aide you in experiencing and understanding the ecosystems you will travel through. Fee $45pp
Bike Tour Locations:
· Ft. Clinch State Park - Amelia Island / Fernandina
Ft Clinch has over 1400 acres of pristine Coastal Florida ecosystem to explore, with 6 miles of winding nature trails and a 3 mile paved canopied road, perfect for biking. The trails are easy rolling hills covered by pine, creating a really nice place to ride. Along the bike path there are many vistas that overlook the salt marsh teeming with resident and migratory birds: heron, ibis, egrets, and the rare roseate spoonbill. At the most northern end of the park, built in the early 1800's is Ft. Clinch, adjacent to Cumberland Island famous for its wild horses that are at times able to be seen from the fort grazing on the marsh grasses. Fort Clinch is one of Amelia Islands historic gems, nestled on the southern bank of Cumberland Sound. The fort served as a military post for three wars then becoming one of the first state parks in 1935.
· Ft. George Island and Kingsley Plantation- Timucuan Preserve, Jacksonville / Amelia Island
Fort George Island Cultural State Park offers a 4.4 mile biking loop skirting the island, consisting of paved and hard pack gravel road, perfect for biking. On our tour we will stop at both of Ft. George Island's historic sites, departing from the Ribault Club, a private resort built in the early 1900's for the Northeast's wealthy vacationers and Kingsley Plantation a National Park built in the 1700's during the Plantation Era. Kingsley Plantation produced Sea Island cotton, indigo, and many other crops sold on the world market at the time.
Get out, learn the unique history of the Kingsley's family and the centuries of intriguing stories that speckle 5000 years of human occupancy on Fort George Island. Ride through island roads canopied by ancient maritime forest and feel the enchantment that has keep our visitors coming back for centuries.
Each of our bike tours are equally wonderful, just pick the one that is most convenient for you and you will not be disappointed.