While camping at Hanna Park in Jacksonville we like to take hikes in the area. This is our fourth time camping at Hanna Park and we try to explore different trails each time. This time we decided to check out Spanish Pond Trail, which is located in the Timucuan Preserve, which is in the Fort Caroline/Theadore Roosevelt area. We did a four mile long hike there last year when we were in the area and we loved it. So we went back to the same area to take the Spanish Pond Trail this time around.
The Spanish Pond Trail is around two miles round trip. It's an out and back (not a loop trail). It intersects with other trails in the Timucuan Preserve. We wanted to make it a little longer, so we continued on straight when we came to the crossroads where the trails all intersect. Going on a little further we were able to see the remains of an old house from someone that lived there and the grave site of a confederate soldier. You can also see the remains of the Native American shell midden on the trail. We really liked this hike a lot!
The hike starts out on a boardwalk, then leads to a dirt path that winds through the woods. It's a shaded trail that is covered with a tree canopy. If you take the trail, consider going a little beyond where the trails meet and where the bench is so that you can see the remains of the old house, grave site, and shell midden. If you turn around at the crossroads where several trails meet there is a bench and several directions you could go then your hike will be two miles on just the Spanish Pond Trail. But you can also continue on straight for another quarter of a mile and see some great stuff, then turn around, making your trek 2.5 miles (or continue on even further).
Spanish Pond Trail is located across the street to the Fort Caroline entrance in Jacksonville.