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The Greenway, located on the northern end of Amelia Island, Florida, was opened for public use in the summer of 2001 as an undeveloped park for passive recreational use. Funding for land acquisition was provided by Florida Communities Trust and the City of Fernandina Beach. It consists of over 300 acres of protected lands, managed by the City of Fernandina Beach. This natural setting with its grass-covered trails is ideal for hiking, biking, dog walking, wildlife and nature observation and photography.
If you want to walk or bike on Amelia Island try going on Egan's Creek Greenway. There are now three access points to the Greenway trails. You can park at the City Recreation Center off Atlantic Ave and access the trails from the southwestern side of the complex. The second access point is approximately 1 mile south on Jasmine Road. The newest access is located behind the Marriott Residence Inn on Sadler Road, approximately 1 mile south of Jasmine. At the Jasmine access (parking allowed only on the northern side fo the street), you can either walk north towards Atlantic Avenue or walk south towards Sadler Road.
The Greenway is a beautiful marshland area that demonstrates freshwater and saltwater wetlands. The section north of Jasmine is saltwater wetlands since tidal gates were installed under Atlantic Avenue allowing the saltwater flow from the Amelia River to flow down to Jasmine where it is stopped by a concrete wier constructed in 2009. South of this wier you will find primarily a freshwater wetlands area. You will note a number of dead trees in this section. Unfortunately, the FL Department of Transportation engineers made some miscalculations on the saltwater flow and large amounts of saltwater intruded in this area submerging the tree roots as well as increasing the salinity of the ground resulting in the death of much of the freshwater dependent vegetation. This error resulted in the construction of the concrete wier and the area is now restoring itself to a freshwater habitat.
Be aware that when you see signs warning about alligators and other dangerous wildlife ( water moccasins, rattlesnakes) they aren't kidding. The Greenway is abundant with wildlife and is part of the Florida birding trail. Alligators, turtles, egrets, deer, herons and even bobcats have been seen on the Greenway