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NOTE: Please be sure to refer to The BEAR Updates page periodically and before leaving home to go to the race.  There are tips and changes on our BEAR Updates page that would be important for you and your team.

Directions to our Race Site at Bayard Conservation Area:

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). For a Mapquest link that you may find helpful: CLICK HERE.

In general, from the north --

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 second left turn into Bayard CA/J.P. Hall Preserve, at the bright yellow flag next to a mailbox on the south side of the road. 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 right turn into Bayard Conservation Area/J.P. Hall Preserve, between the two parking lots. If you get to the bridge, you have gone too far and should turn back -- watch for a bright yellow race flag at the correct turn.

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 second left turn into Bayard CA/J.P. Hall Preserve, next to a mailbox on the south side of the road. 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 -- watch for a bright yellow race flag at the correct turn.

NOT This Year -- For races at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, just south of 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).

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.)

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.

 

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At Guana Reserve -

GTMNERR

 

This topo map is intended to give you a general overview of the Guana Reserve portion of the GTMNERR, though it may not show in detail all trails or roads. It is not meant to be your only map during the Race.

Whenever you are navigating during the Race, be sure to use this topo map along with other more detailed maps, diagrams, and instructions that are provided by Race Officials. Compare the information on the various maps to give your team the best opportunity to find needed checkpoints, routes, or locations.

Remember that your Race Instructions will take precedence over maps. When in doubt, follow the Race Instructions.

 

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