Northwest of Jacksonville and north of Baldwin, the Red Root Trail is an 8 mile route in the 3,400 acre Cary State Forest. The ecosystems on Cary State Forest are varied and include longleaf pine/wiregrass, mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, baygalls and cypress ponds.
To reach the trailhead from Baldwin, head north on US301 for 7 miles. Turn right on the first dirt road past the Bryceville Fire Department.
Horseback riding is a popular activity on the forest and is allowed on all forest roads as well as a designated eight mile horseback riding trail. The Red Root Trail takes horseback riders through many different forest ecosystems which include: mature longleaf pine stands, immature slash pine stands and deep woods swamp.
Overall, Red Root Trail is the 26th most popular horse trail of all 34 horseback rides in Florida.