www.JaxMomsBlog.com share their guide to exploring the Jacksonville outdoors. Article by Megan Johns.
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
“Hanna Park” has much more than just the trails to offer active families. There’s a playground, many picnic areas, a lake with kayak rentals, beach access, camping, and a splash park that is open in the summer. The trails at Hanna are popular with mountain bikers! Park rules say that “bikers yield to hikers,” but if your kids’ movements are as unpredictable as mine are… it’s best to look out!
This park has a mix of both long and short trails, ranging from 0.2 to 4.5 miles with varying levels of difficulty. Be sure to consult a map and know where you’re going. Both the “Scout Trail” and “Lil’ Joe Trail” are very short trails and could be a good place to start. If you don’t think your kids can go the distance on a 4.5 mile trail, but you want to see something different, then at the start of a trail just set a time to turn around and go back rather than trying to make it all the way around the loop. (Nothing is worse on a hike than dragging along a worn out kid.)
More on Hanna Park
Address: 500 Wonderwood Drive 32233
Hours: April – October 8am-8pm, November – March 8am-6pm
Fees: 8-10am $1/person, 10am-close $3/car