Bayard Conservation Area

Please note: A portion of this property is currently closed, please review the recreation announcements for more details.


This 10,371-acre conservation area’s importance is magnified by its closeness to the St. Johns River and the Jacksonville metropolitan area. It is a key to providing flood storage and preservation of water and natural resources in the Lower St. Johns River Basin. Riverine bottomland hardwoods, pine flatwoods and sandhill communities are bordered on the east by the St. Johns River with approximately seven miles of river frontage.

Wildlife viewing

Please respect Florida’s wildlife and use caution while visiting district lands. These are wild animals. For your safety, do not approach or feed any wild animal. The diversity of natural systems provides habitat and feeding areas for a wide variety of species, including gopher tortoise, bald eagle, little blue heron, eastern indigo snake, deer and turkey. Woodland birds, such as warblers and woodpeckers, and manatee are found in this reach of the St. Johns River.

Recreational activities
  1. Bank fishing, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, primitive camping at designated sites and wildlife viewing.
  2. Seasonal hunting on areas 2, 3 and 4.
  3. Boating and canoeing opportunities are available on the St. Johns River, and the property is accessible by water; however, there are no launches located on the property.

Two parking areas are located on the south side of SR 16. The western parking area is recommended for horseback riding enthusiasts. Other access points are located off U.S. 17 and County Road 226, three miles south of Green Cove Springs.