While camping at Hanna Park in Jacksonville we wanted to take a few hikes. This was our fourth time camping at this same place and each time we stay here we explore different trails in the area. This time around we did a few that were smaller. I like to find trails that are at least three miles long. When I read about Dutton Island Preserve in Atlantic Beach it said it was 2.2 miles long. It's just minutes from where we are camping, so we decided to check it out.
When we arrived at Dutton Island Preserve we saw that the sign said it is a 1.4 mile loop trail. Shorter than we really wanted, but we took it anyway, and I'm glad that we did. It's a nice trail that we all really liked. The trail is mostly shady and heads back by the marsh, giving you some nice views along the way. There are numerous bird/bat houses that have been hung along the trail and I was happy to see so many different kinds of mushrooms (I love all the different mushrooms in nature). One small area of the loop was flooded out, because we have gotten a lot of rain in the last two days, so we had to turn back and go around. Because did that, rather than follow the loop trail completely, our hike ended up being exactly two miles once we got to the end. I was happy about that!
If you are in the area it's a nice short hike to explore. Hard to believe this secluded wilderness is hidden in the middle of a neighborhood surrounded by a bustling city.
Dutton Island Preserve is located at 622 Dutton Island Rd in Atlantic Beach.