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Directions to the Pre-Race Mandatory Meetings and The Race Sites:
In case of any last-minute changes, be sure to refer to the AR Series Updates page before leaving for the race. There are times when we need to make changes and want you to go to the right location...
For races at Bayard Conservation Area (also know as J.P. Hall Preserve), just south of Green Cove Springs, FL: 

In order to get good directions from your home or hotel, try using www.Mapquest.com after you have selected your lodging. You can then get specific directions at Mapquest from your home or hotel/motel to Bayard Conservation Area (BCA).  You will just need to enter your starting point and your destination (which is Bayard Conservation Area, Green Cove Springs, Florida). Here is a link to the Bayard location on Mapquest: CLICK HERE

In general, from the north -- from Interstate Hwy 95, go west on Hwy 210 to Orangedale. Turn south on Hwy 13 at the traffic light and follow Hwy 13 for about a mile to the right turn onto State Road SR16. Proceed on SR 16 over the Shands Bridge and after about 3/4 mile, take the first left turn into Bayard CA/J.P. Hall Preserve. Watch for signs for Bayard Conservation Area or J.P. Hall Preserve. If you get to marinas on the north side of the road, you should turn around.

From the north, driving on US Hwy 17, pass through Green Cove Springs and take the left turn (east) on State Road SR16 toward the Shands Bridge. Follow SR 16 for about a mile and turn right (south) into the second parking lot for Bayard Conservation Area/J.P. Hall Preserve. Watch for signs for Bayard Conservation Area or J.P. Hall Preserve. If you travel to the approach for the Shands Bridge over the St Johns River, turn around and drive to the first left turn into the Bayard CA.

In general, from the south, follow I-95 north to exit for County Road 210. Go west on CR 210 all the way to Orangedale. Turn south on Hwy 13 at the traffic light and follow Hwy 13 for about a mile to the right turn onto State Road SR16. Proceed on SR 16 over the Shands Bridge and after about 3/4 mile, take the first left turn into Bayard CA/J.P. Hall Preserve. Watch for signs for Bayard Conservation Area or J.P. Hall Preserve. If you get to marinas on the north side of the road, you should turn around.

For races at Guana Reserve, South Ponte Vedra Beach, FL: 

In order to get good directions from your home or hotel, try using www.Mapquest.com after you have selected your lodging. You can then get specific directions at Mapquest from your home or hotel/motel to Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (formerly know as Guana River State Park.  You will just need to enter your starting point and your destination (which is GMTNERR at  505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 -- about 100-150 yards north of a Gate Gas Station located at 2700 South Ponte Vedra Blvd/ Hwy A1A).

In general, from the north, from Interstate Hwy 95, go east on Hwy 202/J. Turner Butler Expressway. Follow the Butler Expy all the way to its eastern end and turn south on Hwy A1A, toward Ponte Vedra Beach and St Augustine. You will go south for about 17-18 miles on Hwy A1A. Watch for signs for GTMNERR (or some older signs for Guana River State Park).  You will pass three parking areas for the Reserve (on the west side of A1A) before reaching the main entrance to the Reserve at Guana River Road -- about 100-150 yards before reaching a GATE Gas Station. If you get to the GATE gas station, you should turn around and take a left into GTMNERR. Once in GTMNERR, follow the road straight westward, over the dam and  to  The BEAR race site, next to the western-most paved parking lot. The entry gate attendant may also be able to give you a map and specific directions from that point.

In general, from the south, follow I-95 north to exit going to St Augustine. You will go eastward to Hwy A1A and follow it north, from St Augustine, over the Intracoastal Waterway.  After the bridge, go north about 8-8.25 miles on Hwy A1A  and follow signs toward GTMNERR. North of Vilano Beach, you will pass a GATE Gas Station -- about 100-150 yards after that gas station, you should take a left on Guana River Road, into GTMNERR. Once in GTMNERR, follow the road straight westward, over the dam and  to  The BEAR race site, next to the western-most paved parking lot. The entry gate attendant may also be able to give you a map and specific directions from that point.

All those attending the event will pay an user fee of $3.00 per vehicle (with up to 8 people) at the Reserve entrance on Guana River Rd. Any trailer is an additional $3.00. The Reserve entrance fee is not included in the BEAR registration fee. (Parking spaces may be limited so it is a good idea to encourage car pooling.)

For races at Hanna Park in Atlantic Beach, FL:  In order to get good directions from your home or hotel, try using www.Mapquest.com after you have selected your lodging. You can then get specific directions at Mapquest from your home or hotel/motel to Hanna Park.  You will just need to enter your starting point and your destination (which is Hanna Park at 500 Wonderwood Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32233 -- at the intersection of Mayport Road and Wonderwood Drive)

In general, from the south, follow I-95 north to exit going east at J. Turner Butler Blvd/Hwy 202.  Follow the Butler to the San Pablo exit (just before crossing the Intracoastal Waterway). Go North on San Pablo to Atlantic Blvd, where you will take a right, going east over the Intracoastal Waterway to Mayport Road/Hwy A1A NORTH. Go north on A1A (Mayport Road) and follow signs toward Mayport Naval Station until you come to Wonderwood Drive, where you should take a right into Hanna Park. Once in Hanna Park, follow the instructions or signs to the race site. The front gate attendant at Hanna Park should also be able to give you specific directions from that point.

From the north, from I-95 south to Union Street exit going east past downtown, over the Matthews Bridge. Road turns into Arlington Expressway; follow this to Atlantic Boulevard and stay eastbound on Atlantic Boulevard over the Intracoastal Waterway to the flyover to Mayport Road. Go north on A1A (Mayport Road) and follow signs toward Mayport Naval Station until you come to Wonderwood Drive, where you should take a right into Hanna Park. Once in Hanna Park, follow the instructions or signs to the race site. The front gate attendant at Hanna Park should also be able to give you specific directions from that point.

For races at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, FL: 
 Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is located in White Springs, Florida. Contact the park at (386) 397-2733 for additional assistance.

From I-75, exit on State Road 136 (exit 439). Travel east on SR 136 for 3 miles. Turn left on US 41. The park entrance is on the left.

From Interstate 10, take the exit #301 for Highway 41 to the north, and follow Hwy 41 for about 9.5 miles to White Springs. Watch for signs for Stephen Foster State Park and go to the Park entry. From the Park entrance, go to the Auditorium building inside the park. See map below for an example of the route from Jacksonville.

In order to get good directions from your home or hotel, try using www.Mapquest.com . You can then get specific directions at Mapquest from your home or hotel/motel to Stephen Foster State Park.  You will just need to enter your starting point and your destination.

 

For Accommodations near Hanna Park -- Host hotel is the Comfort Inn - Mayport, located at 2401 Mayport Road/Hwy A1A, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233  We have arranged special discounted rates for our adventure race participants and their companions. You may make reservations by calling 800/968-5513 and requesting a room -- mention that you will be racing in the Performance Adventure Race on the weekend that you need. Guest are responsible for their own payment plan to obtain a confirmation. This hotel is the closest to Hanna Park, the site of many of our adventure races and other events. 

Click here for The AR Series Lodging Page.

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