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Family Friendly Trails on the First Coast

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Here is a list of bike trails that are great for a family ride. You can ride the whole loop, or just do a short stretch.

The S-Line Urban Greenway
Length: 1.5 miles
Built along a former CSX railroad line, this urban bike trail runs through the historic Springfield and Durkeeville neighborhoods. It starts across from the intersection of Kings Road at Myrtle Ave. North near the Beaver Street Farmer’s Market.

The Amelia Island Trail
Length: 6.2 Miles
This trail is a part of the East Coast Greenway, a trail network that stretches from Florida to Maine. The trail begins at Peters Point Beachfront Park (1974 S. Fletcher Ave) and goes to Amelia Island State Park (parking available, State Road A1A North).

Timucuan Trail
Length: 18 Miles
This trail offers camping options and beach accesses. The ride traverses through Big Talbot Island State Park and Little Talbot Island State Park. Parking and trail access can be found in Big Talbot Island State Park (located on State Road A1A North) and Little Talbot Island State Park (12157 Heckscher Drive).

Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail
Length: 15 miles
Canopied paved trails rich with wildlife, this is a wonderful trail for a family ride. The Imeson Road trailhead is closest to Jacksonville, and a great place to start. Midway along the ride you will come across the remains of a Civil War encampment. To reach the Imeson Road trailhead from downtown Jacksonville, take I-10 west to Exit 356/I-295 North and head up I-295 to Exit 9/Commonwealth Avenue. Drive west on Commonwealth about 1 mile to Imeson and turn right. The marked trailhead is on the left.

First Coast Medical and Health Science Education Programs

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Compiled by Joshua Bragenberg

The First Coast has a variety of medical studies available, whether it is in Jacksonville or St. Augustine. Students can study anything from nursing to physical therapy. Here, we have compiled a list of heath science majors offered at local colleges.

Jacksonville University- School of Nursing, School of Applied Science
• Jacksonville University offers Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate programs in the field of nursing. JU is committed to providing a learning environment that prepares nurses to work at all levels of this discipline.
• JU’s School of Applied Science offers a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology. The bachelor program prepares students for further education in speech language pathology and teaches students the basics of audiology and the sciences of speech and hearing.
• JU’s School of Applied Science also offers a bachelor degree in kinesiology. This program prepares students for the emerging field of the study of human movement.

For more information visit Jacksonville University online at

University of North Florida- Brooks College of
UNF has a Bachelor of Athletic Training to prepare students to prevent, evaluate, treat and rehabilitate injuries and conditions of athletes.
• The exercise science program at UNF offers both a bachelor and master degree to those that desire to pursue a career in physical therapy and public health.
• UNF’s Physical Therapy program has a Doctorate degree that prepares students to take the national licensure examination.
• One of the six flagship programs at UNF, Nutrition and Dietetics, offers students undergraduate and graduate studies to be valued nutrition specialists in hospitals, nursing homes or their communities.
• The Department of Public Health features a variety of programs ranging from community health, aging services, health administration and clinical mental health counseling.
• The flagship School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and graduate programs ranging from a Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist or Clinical Nurse Specialist.
For more information about programs at the University of North Florida- Brooks College of Health visit them online at
University of St.
• The Doctor of Physical therapy program aims to graduate proficient practitioners that specialize in prevention, evaluation and treatment of injuries and other physical problems.
• The Master of Occupational Therapy trains therapists that will help people of all ages who are struggling with physical, developmental and emotional or social issues.

For more information about the University of St. Augustine programs visit them online at

Florida State College at
FSCJ offers an Associate in Science in Nursing that prepares graduates to work in entry-level positions.
• A Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares graduates for evidence-based care and leadership roles.

For more information about Florida State College at Jacksonville visit them online at

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