This is where I share the favorite place we walked this past week.
It's amazing to me how we keep finding these neat little places to walk right near home. Saturday we found just such a place.
Seaton Creek Historic Preserve
Seaton Creek Historic Preserve is an 800+ acre preserve located near Thomas Creek. The preserve has 5 miles of trails that criss-cross through a sandy pine forest, a beautiful hardwood hammock, a marsh area, and by several slow moving creeks. Seaton Creek is part of the Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation.
The preserve is located not too far from a major Interstate highway and yet we didn't hear any traffic noise. Just birds singing in the trees. It was so quiet it was almost eerie. We didn't even see any other people until we were leaving and we met another couple who had just pulled into the parking area.
|One of several small creeks that meander through the park.|
I actually did a double take when I saw this historical marker. Most battles fought around here are from the Civil War era. I was surprised to see this was the site of an American Revolutionary War battle. Apparently the southern most battle of the war. Who knew?
|This area was the site of the Battle of Thomas Creek on May 17, 1777. It is considered to be the southernmost battle of the American Revolution.|
The palmetto is a fan palm that is native to southern Georgia and all of Florida.
It grows profusely in sandy soil and at the base of pine and hardwood trees. It was abundant in the preserve and allowed to grown naturally. It's the bane of most Florida homeowners who work diligently to get rid of it. Doesn't usually work as they come right back! The reason that most homeowners don't like the palmetto is the belief that they make a perfect home for snakes.
True or not I don't know but we did come across this little guy on the trail.
He's just an innocent little garden snake minding his own business. We let him cross the trail in front of us and take shelter in a palmetto before we continued on.
Beside the snake we also encountered lots of birds and mosquitoes.
If you want to hike Seaton Creek trails beware there are no restrooms or water fountains. Bring your own water and don't forget the bug spray!
Seaton Creek Historic Preserve is located at 2145 Arnold Road, Jacksonville, Florida. (right down the road from the Pecan Park Flea Market!) You can walk or ride a bike. Dogs are welcome as long as they're on leash.