Three hundred years ago, a walk beyond the walls protecting the city of St. Augustine would have been filled with adventure and the real possibility of danger. Today, similar excursions continue to offer adventure – but the danger is long gone.
Just across Matanzas Bay, Anastasia Island offers a variety of pathways to explore. Within Anastasia State Park (admission $8 per car) is the Cape Francis beachside trail. More than 7-miles out and back, it’s perfect for hikers who want to be a castaway for a few hours - the further you go the fewer people you encounter. Plus, any reminders of modern civilization are hidden behind the dunes (no shade; bring water). The park’s Ancient Dunes Trail takes hikers on a three-quarter mile excursion deep within a maritime forest.
Want an easy and memorable trail perfect for kids? The Spanish Quarry Trail just 100 yards from A1A on the park approach road (free parking and admission) takes hikers on an interpretive trail down into the old quarry that provided the coquina stone used to build the Castillo de San Marcos and oldest surviving homes.