Guana River National Wildlife Preserve - Trail, South-Ponte-Vedra, Florida

Guana River National Wildlife Preserve - Trail, South-Ponte-Vedra, Florida

DESCRIPTION

The Real Florida. Great cross section of beach, woods, marsh, etc.

From the North: Go south on A1A from Ponte Vedra Beach. Entrance to the park is at MAIN entrance to park (not beach area)-- right before the Gate gas station. From the South: Go north on A1A after crossing the Vilano Bridge for approx. 8 miles. Address: 2690 South Ponte Vedra Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL‎ - Tel. (904) 825-5071 ‎Pay entrance fee (have $1 bills available as you pay by an honor system) Drive straight until you hit the last parking lot on the other side of dam. Trail head is there, and maps are usually available at the trail head.

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 03, 2019]
geenslicker

Strength:

Great gravel grinding with no traffic.

Weakness:

Hunters there in winter... use caution.

OVERALL
RATING
4
[Dec 30, 2013]
tim-ay
Weekend Warrior

Having recently moved to the Jax area, I was a little bummed about the thought of Santos being 2 hours away. I spent ten years in Colorado racing road bikes and riding mountain bikes, so I can be a little particular about riding routes. Road riding just doesn't do it for me anymore as its a great way to die at the hands of an oblivious texting douche.

Anyway, what a gem to find the Guana river trail system 3 miles from my house. There are enough trails in here to get a great ride in. Of course it is not technical, but you can drill it as hard as you want to with no worries of hikers, unless you enter into the state park. Its equally great to take the family and just make it a fun cruise. Keeps the legs in shape for day trips to Santos or Croom. Love this place!

Dont understand the aerobic rating. Sure, you won't spend an hour on a climb, but you can get your pulse rate at 90% of threshold and hold it ..... on any bike, anywhere..... that's up to you bro'.

Customer Service

I way prefer to enter at the Roscoe entrance and ride from there. I just ride from my house. I think this is better for people driving into the area also as you don't have to pay an entrance fee and there is less foot traffic.

Similar Products Used:

Hannah, Santos, Croom, Withlacoochie trail (road riding)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 13, 2013]
Borobiker
Weekend Warrior

We really enjoyed this trail. Very easy. Not your usual MB trail. We took some very beginners and it was an easy ride except for an occasional deep sandy area. Try it if you are in the area.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
[Feb 19, 2010]
debbiet
Weekend Warrior

There are 8.5 miles of beautiful non-technical riding in this park. About half of it is double track, and although not technical, be ready to ride over rocks, roots, through some mud, sugar sand and water. Another review claims that you should leave your mtb at home and bring a beach cruiser.I disagree-most people would never get over the roots and through the sugar sand with a regular bike on these trails.As the months get warmer, the sand becomes more difficult to pedal through (although it's not throughout the trail).There is also a mile or two of nice single track and two of the trails bring you through over long bridges through the marsh (very pretty). The trails are well maintained and bring you through a beautiful coastal canopy where you will sometimes see deer, wild boar, armadillos and many species of birds. Evidence of wild boar are seen throughout the park as you can see where they were rooting for bugs or worms. A few weeks my husband saw a bob cat (which ran as fast as he/she could to get away from us).Two of the trails lead to picnic tables next to an Intracoastal Waterway beach where you can watch sailboats go by, stop for a rest, or have a picnic lunch.

This is a perfect trail for beginners.For those more experienced riders, you can ramp up the speed (if you want an aerobic workout) or take a less challenging ride and see the beautiful sights.

The trail head has maps and clean bathroom facilities.There is also a learning center at the entrance of the preserve.On the down-side, the trail is also used by hikers (you will pass less than 2 dozen people. Most are very polite and step aside.

After riding, pack up your bike and drive to the North parking lot(apx 5 miles north of the trail head)Walk over A1A to the overlook at the beach.People do bird watching from this observation deck, others look for dolphins and Right Whales. People often go to this off-beat beach to look for ancient shark's teeth (black in color).Weather permitting, it's a nice way to end a beautiful mtb ride-- even if it wasn't all that challenging:you've got to give beautiful, relaxing, and a chance to get some great exercise some points!Warning:if you do go to the north parking lot, make sure your car is locked and your bike is locked.It's not a high crime area, but cars have been broken into and bikes have been snatched.

Customer Service

There are six trails in the park- all are very nice.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Feb 04, 2009]
kilcat
Weekend Warrior

This is a sandy Florida country road that loops around the very flat marshy island. Perfect for tourists to stretch their legs for a leisure walk. Or anyone for that matter. It is covered by a canopy of shady trees of all types. Not for fun trailriding that evryone is used to. Two thumbs down and a frowny face for the avid adventurer thrill seeking biker. Leave your geared bike at home and bring your beach cruiser and bug spray for this one. LOL(laugh out loud) Still a great place for a camera dangling around your neck. Enjoy.

Customer Service

Pass it on by. Trust me.

Similar Products Used:

This place is in the middle of nowhere!

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jan 17, 2004]
pryder
Cross Country Rider

If you want to take a relaxing trail ride with plenty of scenery and wildlife, then this is a trail you will not want to miss. Yes, it is not technically difficult and not a particulary long ride, but it was certainly worth the 2 hour drive to get there. I rode in mid-January and had absolutely no problems with water or bugs...I can see both of these as BIG problems as the heat of summer approaches.

Customer Service

I took I-95 north to the St. Augustine exit...follow A1A north out of the city for approx 8 miles. Look for the state park sign opposite the beach.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 02, 1999]
Yard Sale

This is a really nice system of trails. It shows you what the real Florida is like. Sometimes you are riding in oak hammocks, sometimes palmetto fields, sometimes along the Intercoastal Waterway, sometimes fireroads, sometimes singletrack, but always someplace cool. Make sure you take some of the spur trails, especially the one to Shell Bluff. Also, whenever you see the sign "Bench", check it out. It usually sends you to a great place to sit with a beautiful view. There is nothing technical here but it might be a little threatening for a beginner because you are so far out in the bushes. Don't forget to take lots of water, snacks and your tool kit. A flat at the far end of this trail might be tough. You are pretty much on your own. I didn't experience bugs but, they have to be out there.

Customer Service

Start at gate on far side of dam. Continue straight until the trail intersects with others. Turn right and start Orange trail. Intersections have numbers and trail colors that match your map. If your time is limited, do the Orange and Red Trail. You can do the entire outside routes including a few spur trails in under 2 hours. All trails are great.

Similar Products Used:

Hanna Park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 21, 1999]
John

I would say this trail is for beginners - and that might not be a good thing since they might conclude Mountain Biking is boring as hell.

I live about 15min from this place but only rode it once. It is almost perfectly flat, although it IS fairly scenic. Except for heat and some sand there is NO challenge to it. If you are a beginner who is still a bit shaky on the technical stuff, this might be a good place to do some miles and get comfy on that saddle (I don't mean that as an insult). Then go to Hanna.

It is a very simple trail system and you can't really get lost but I have heard of some people getting confused for a bit. The trails seem longer than they really are somehow...

Customer Service

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Similar Products Used:

Hanna Park

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 22, 1999]
Joe

I ride about once or twice a week at various places in FL, and this is the only place where I feel safe taking my wife, and or my less aggressive family members. The track is realitively hard pack (for East side Florida) jeep roads and about 10 degrees cooler than the other tracks in the area because of the proximity to the beach/intercoastal. Absolutely no technical merrit to this place what so ever, but nature abounds. If you want to get someone who has never riddden off road before hooked on the sport, this is the perfect place. Expect about 10 mies of scenic, canopy laden, relaxation.

Customer Service

JTB to A1A South, about 13 miles on the right hand side, about 1/2 mile North of Gate gas station. Only dirt road entrance

Similar Products Used:

Hanna, West side regional, Fort Clinch

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 08, 2000]
Bill Renninger

I rode this trail with my wife, as a previous reviewer mentioned doing. This is serious beginner stuff here. No hills, no roots, just smooth woodland paths. Not my bag.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
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