Bayard Conservation Area entrance at Green Cove Springs, Florida

 

Bayard Conservation Area

 

Location and Hiking Trail Maps with Nature Viewing Information and Photos

Clay County

Near Green Cove Springs, Florida

Entry Fee: None

Official Website: Saint Johns River Water Management District

Traffic: Light

 

 

Bayard Conservation Area, John P. Hall, Sr. Tract, near Green Cove Springs in North Central Florida is quite an outdoor gem for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

 

The White Blaze Loop provides most of the opportunity for these activities, with a red trail leading to camping and the river, and a yellow connector trail. The trails seem almost limitless a, weaving through over 10,000 acres and I strongly encourage using the provided maps since, although well-blazed for the most part, there are a couple of markers missing.

The paths are mostly well-cleared so there isn't as much trouble from biting insects as some other trails. The scenery changes dramatically based on elevation and distance from the river, with plenty of opportunities for birding and spotting other wildlife.

 

I hiked here for several hours following a controlled burn, and the contrast between green and burned brown portions of the area provided some neat contrast for outdoor photos.

 

The map below shows the full White Blaze Trail Loop at Bayard Conservation Area, requiring about 9 miles of hiking.

 

Bayard Conservation Area Trail Map

Bayard Conservation Area Trail Map - PDF of trail map from my own hike


Interactive Map of Trail at AllTrails

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

Old growth hiking trail at Bayard Conservation Area

Old growth hiking trail at Bayard Conservation Area

 

Observation tower at Bayard Conservation Area near Green Cove Springs, Florida

Observation tower at Bayard Conservation Area

 

The natterjack toad or running toad has a yellow stripe

The natterjack toad or running toad has a yellow stripe

 

Closeup photography of a grasshopper

Close up of grasshopper

 

Image of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Image of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

 

Contrast of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Powerful contrast of controlled burn line at Bayard Conservation Area

 

Morning view from observation deck at Bayard Conservation Area

 

 

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Bayard Conservation Area entrance at Green Cove Springs, Florida

Bayard Conservation Area Trail Map

Old growth hiking trail at Bayard Conservation Area

Observation tower at Bayard Conservation Area near Green Cove Springs, Florida

The natterjack toad or running toad has a yellow stripe

Closeup photography of a grasshopper

Image of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Contrast of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Bayard Conservation Area entrance at Green Cove Springs, Florida

Bayard Conservation Area Trail Map

Old growth hiking trail at Bayard Conservation Area

Observation tower at Bayard Conservation Area near Green Cove Springs, Florida

The natterjack toad or running toad has a yellow stripe

Closeup photography of a grasshopper

Image of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Contrast of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Bayard Conservation Area entrance at Green Cove Springs, Florida

Bayard Conservation Area Trail Map

Old growth hiking trail at Bayard Conservation Area

Observation tower at Bayard Conservation Area near Green Cove Springs, Florida

The natterjack toad or running toad has a yellow stripe

Closeup photography of a grasshopper

Image of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Contrast of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Bayard Conservation Area entrance at Green Cove Springs, Florida

Bayard Conservation Area Trail Map

Old growth hiking trail at Bayard Conservation Area

Observation tower at Bayard Conservation Area near Green Cove Springs, Florida

The natterjack toad or running toad has a yellow stripe

Closeup photography of a grasshopper

Image of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Contrast of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Bryan Lindenberger
Bayard Conservation Area entrance at Green Cove Springs, Florida

Bayard Conservation Area Trail Map

Old growth hiking trail at Bayard Conservation Area

Observation tower at Bayard Conservation Area near Green Cove Springs, Florida

The natterjack toad or running toad has a yellow stripe

Closeup photography of a grasshopper

Image of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Contrast of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Bayard Conservation Area entrance at Green Cove Springs, Florida

Bayard Conservation Area Trail Map

Old growth hiking trail at Bayard Conservation Area

Observation tower at Bayard Conservation Area near Green Cove Springs, Florida

The natterjack toad or running toad has a yellow stripe

Closeup photography of a grasshopper

Image of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Contrast of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Bryan Lindenberger
Bayard Conservation Area entrance at Green Cove Springs, Florida
Bryan Lindenberger
Bayard Conservation Area entrance at Green Cove Springs, Florida

Bayard Conservation Area Trail Map

Old growth hiking trail at Bayard Conservation Area

Observation tower at Bayard Conservation Area near Green Cove Springs, Florida

The natterjack toad or running toad has a yellow stripe

Closeup photography of a grasshopper

Image of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Contrast of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Bryan Lindenberger
Bayard Conservation Area entrance at Green Cove Springs, Florida

Bayard Conservation Area Trail Map

Old growth hiking trail at Bayard Conservation Area

Observation tower at Bayard Conservation Area near Green Cove Springs, Florida

The natterjack toad or running toad has a yellow stripe

Closeup photography of a grasshopper

Image of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Contrast of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Bryan Lindenberger
Bayard Conservation Area entrance at Green Cove Springs, Florida

Bayard Conservation Area Trail Map

Old growth hiking trail at Bayard Conservation Area

Observation tower at Bayard Conservation Area near Green Cove Springs, Florida

The natterjack toad or running toad has a yellow stripe

Closeup photography of a grasshopper

Image of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Contrast of forest at Bayard Conservation Area after a controlled burn

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images