White Sand Landing Loop

Jacksonville, Florida

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This lengthy trek travels the heart of Ralph E. Simmons State Forest, making a side trip to White Sand Landing, on the banks of the scenic St. Mary’s River. Leave the river, passing through myriad natural communities, which increase your chances for seeing wildlife. Backpackers take note that two backcountry campsites lie along the route. This is the longest hike in this guidebook. It offers a chance to not only test your physical skills but also to explore the remote heart of the Ralph E. Simmons State Forest, and perhaps to see wildlife scattered amid the numerous plant ecosystems in the St. Mary’s River valley near the Georgia border. The loop, known as the White Trail, is marked with white diamond blazes as it joins and loses old forest roads.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Jacksonville, Florida

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Jacksonville, Florida

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This lengthy trek travels the heart of Ralph E. Simmons State Forest, making a side trip to White Sand Landing, on the banks of the scenic St. Mary’s River. Leave the river, passing through myriad natural communities, which increase your chances for seeing wildlife. Backpackers take note that two backcountry campsites lie along the route.

This is the longest hike in this guidebook. It offers a chance
to not only test your physical skills but also to explore the
remote heart of the Ralph E. Simmons State Forest, and perhaps to see wildlife scattered amid the numerous plant ecosystems in the St. Mary’s River valley near the Georgia border. The loop, known as the White Trail, is marked with white diamond blazes as it joins and loses old forest roads.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Jacksonville
Distance: 7.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3.5 to 4 hours
Season: October through April
Local Contacts: Ralph E. Simmons State Forest
Local Maps: USGS Boulogne
Driving Directions: Directions to White Sand Landing Loop

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May 2018