Come experience this 2,400-acre conservation area that presents a great mix of undisturbed, old Florida flora and fauna. Located just west of the Tolomato River, the 3.5-mile one-way trail will let you immerse yourself with a Florida very similar to what was found hundreds of years ago.

Hike the Nocatee Preserve Experience

The Nocatee Preserve is a conservation area that has set aside 2,400 acres that ensures these beautiful lands stay in their natural state for years to come.

The 3.5-mile trail is an “out and back” trail, so be ready for a 7-mile experience if you go all the way. It’s multi-use, so you might see other mountain bikers or horseback riders along the way. The trail is relatively flat and thus it’s a great hike for all skill levels. Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash.

The trailhead is located near the Ponte Vedra High School and provides easy parking and restrooms. While the trail starts out with a nice tree canopy, it opens as the trail progresses, so make sure to wear a hat to provide sun protection.

The Preserve is home to a mix of wildlife – wild hogs, deer, turkeys, snakes and others – so keep your eyes peeled. It can also be home to lots of insects, particularly in the summer months. Have lots of repellent to help keep them away.

When you go, you can help ensure this special conservation area continues into perpetuity by being a “Sustainable PVB Guest” by keeping these tips in mind.

  • Save your skin while being stylish. Prevent sunburn by wearing a hat made of recycled fibers.
  • Use SPF-30 sunblock, made in Florida, bio-degradable and nontoxic to marine life.
  • Leave nothing but memories—trash receptacles located at trailhead and at Nocatee Landing Paddle Launch Park.
  • Stay on the trail.


Experience: Hike the Nocatee Preserve  

Address: 501 Davis Park Road, St. Augustine, FL 32081

Entrance Fee: None

Hours: Dawn until Dusk

Website: http://www.co.st-johns.fl.us/Recreation/Parks/NocateePreserve.aspx

Facilities Available: Located near Davis Park, the trailhead provides easy parking and restrooms.  There is also a horse washing station for horseback riders.

Level of Difficulty: Easy to moderate – all hikes are on relatively level ground and are easy to access.

Other Information: Given the proximity to waterways, insects can be present for much of the hike, particularly in the summer months.

Tips From The Experts

  1. As the trails allow for a mix of uses, keep you eyes out for bikers, horseback riders and others.
  2. Have a relaxing picnic at the adjoing Davis Park before or after your hike.
  3. Make sure to bring bug spray – insects can be out much of the day.
  4. Great way to experience a Florida “Cypress Swamp” for the first part of the hike.