Hikes for Short Steppers
Hikes for Short Steppers

Hikes for Short Steppers

Explore Ponte Vedra with your little ones with these easy, kid-friendly hikes.

Have little ones? Or just short on time? Check out these kid-friendly, short walks that give you a snapshot of the natural diversity Ponte Vedra and Ponte Vedra Beach have to offer.


Bird Island Park

Bird Island Park, designed by Bobby Weed, illustrates the ecosystems of northeast Florida with dunes, wetland areas and includes educational signage and interactive sculptures. This passive park offers ample opportunities for small group gatherings, picnicking, bird watching or strolling and relaxing. The winding trail leads park guests past water features and a sea turtle maze – all enhanced by shade trees. There’s a boardwalk surrounding the pond, a children’s play area and handicapped accessible sidewalks.

Bird Island Park is located in Ponte Vedra Beach at the Public Library, 101 Library Road. There are signs directing you to parking for Bird Island, beyond the Library parking area.

Experience Bird Island Park

Mosaics that depict Northeast Florida's wildlife are featured throughout the park.


GTM North Beach Access

The GTM North Beach Access is located at 1600 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd. There’s a $3 day use fee for parking (cash only) and port-a-lets available. Cross A1A to the boardwalk down that leads down to the beach. Sea and shore birds will greet you as you make your way along the shoreline. Go at low tide for the best opportunity at finding shells and sharks teeth!

Experience GTM North Beach Overlook

This location recognizes the only surviving navigational reading of Ponce de Leon’s “Journey of Discovery,” taken the day prior to landing on April 3, 1513, when he claimed La Florida for Spain. It includes a 15’ statue of Ponce de Leon gazing over the dunes.

GTM Research Reserve's Sensory Trail

GTM Research Reserve has partnered with KultureCity and offers a sensory inclusive trail. Prior to visiting, download the free KultureCity APP from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Their .3 mile brick paved trail meanders through a shaded oak hammock with benches and signage along the way.

Experience the GTM Reserve’s Sensory Trail!

This .3 mile trail offers a shaded paved walk with benches and signage along the way.

Nocatee Community Park Nature Trail

This 75-acre eco-friendly community park includes nature trails that meander through Florida foliage with lake views. The park offers a picnic pavilion, playscape and multipurpose fields. Wander past picturesque lakes looking for birds, turtles and other wildlife.

Experience Nocatee Community Park

Nocatee Community Park offers short, easy hikes, a playscape and picnic area.


Nearby Things to Do

  • Watch live music during Evenings on Airstream Row held the 2nd Friday of the month.
  • Explore the area via kayak. Florida Water Tours offers rentals as well as sunset boat cruises aboard the Osprey.
  • Recent recipient of the USA Today, Reader’s Choice 10Best award for “Best Boat Tour," Red Boat Tours offers sightseeing tours and sunset cruises.
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