Connect with Nature: Shearwater’s Trails
Wednesday January 13th, 2016
Set against a backdrop of lush native landscape, Shearwater is designed to connect people to each other and to nature. From natural and paved trails to scenic waterways and parks, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
Over 13 miles of trails wind through 600 acres of preserved natural habitat, providing a tranquil escape close to home. Check out the extensive trail network on our trail map, many of which will be accessible in Phase 1. These trails include:
- Timberlin Creek Trail just south of County Road 210, will connect Shearwater to Timberlin Creek Elementary, allowing students to walk or bike to school.
- West Connector Trail and North Connector Trail do exactly what their names imply — connect neighbors and neighborhoods! West Connector will provide a scenic route through the forest, and North Connector will wrap along the edge of one of the ponds.
- The Parkway Multi-Use Trail will be approximately 3.5 miles long and serve as a pathway to other trails in the community, picnic areas and the amenity center (learn more).
- West Trail will be a short walk, perfect for nature lovers or an evening hike through the Longleaf Pines.
- North Loop Trail is about .6 mile long and provides connections to the amenity center and other trails through the natural forest.
- East Creek Trail is a scenic .6 mile trail that meanders along Trout Creek. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy peaks into the headwaters of Trout Creek and the tall canopy trees that will provide a serene escape from the daily grind.
- North Trout Creek Trail is a .5 mile walk to the scenic overlook park at Trout Creek. The overlook park offers a charming wooden boardwalk, covered picnic shelter, park benches and a Tot Lot. The play area features the latest in Kompan all natural ropes course play equipment and a basket swing which is fun for all ages.
Something Awesome Is Just Around the Bend
Additional hiking trails will meander through the forest to connect neighborhoods that will be built in future phases. As the Parkway Multi-Use Trail is extended further south into the community, it will lead to a dog park, county parks, and fields. The Parkway Multi-Use Trail will meet South Trout Creek Trail, a short walking/hiking trail with a picnic area that leads to the Trout Creek kayak launch. So pack your lunch and your fishing poles!
Finally, we’re excited about our Blueway Trail, a boating trail along Trout Creek that will connect to the St. Johns River through a boat launch at the trailhead. Perfect for an afternoon of kayaking and fishing!
Something for Everyone!
Outdoor enthusiasts, fitness aficionados and nature lovers will feel right at home at Shearwater. Whether you’re training for your next marathon, decompressing after a long day, or just looking for a spot for an afternoon picnic, there will be no shortage of opportunities to take in your surroundings.
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