Parks & Preserves

FUN PLACES TO GO WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN JACKSONVILLE FL.

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Amelia Island State Park

Amelia Island State Park

Amelia Island State Park is an 18-mile drive from Jacksonville but a world away from the sights and sounds of Florida's modern, urban scene. The island is a glimpse of what the state was like before it became a major tourist attraction and a popular place to settle in the sun year-round. The state park protects 200 acres of beaches, salt marshes and maritime forests, and attracts fishermen, birders, shell collectors and kayakers. It is also one of the few beaches on the Florida east coast that offers horseback riding tours.

Anastasia State Park

Anastasia State Park

  • 1340-A State Road A1A South St. Augustine, Florida 32080
  • Phone: (904) 461-2033
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Anastasia State Recreation Area is a 1,600-acre Florida State Park located on a peninsula on the Atlantic coast of Anastasia Island across Matanzas Bay from downtown St. Augustine.

Bayard Conservation Area

Bayard Conservation Area

This 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.

Bethesda Park

Bethesda Park

  • 10790 Key Haven Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32218-4442
  • Phone: (904) 764-5531
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As part of the Jacksonville Urban Pond Project, Bethesda Park, offers excellent fishing opportunites and enjoyment for the entire family. At this location you will find: restrooms, walking trail, 3 fishing piers, a boardwalk, picnic area (equipped with grills), and a boat ramp for those that would like to paddle around.

Big Talbot Island State Park

Big Talbot Island State Park

  • State Road A1A North Jacksonville, Florida 32226
  • Phone: (904) 251-2320
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Located on one of Northeast Florida's unique sea islands, Big Talbot Island State Park is primarily a natural preserve providing a premier location for nature study, bird-watching, and photography. Explore the diverse island habitats by hiking Blackrock Trail to the shoreline, Big Pine Trail to the marsh or Old Kings Highway and Jones Cut through the maritime forest.

Black Creek Ravines

Black Creek Ravines

  • BlackCreekRavines Middleburg, FL 32068
  • Phone: (386) 329-4404
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This tract consists primarily of natural woodlands and wetlands. The site exhibits a remarkable amount of relief for Florida landscapes, with elevations ranging from five feet above mean sea level at points along the creek to 90 feet above mean sea level on the sandhills in the property's southern portion.

Black Creek Trail and Park

Black Creek Trail and Park

  • Trail parallels U.S. Highway 17 south of Orange Park, Florida
  • Phone: (904) 284-6378
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The trail passes by Moccasin Slough Park, a 255-acre wildlife preserve and nature park, home to alligators, bald eagles, and numerous waterfowl species. The recently developed park includes picnic areas, gazebo, playground and a structure for environmental education programs, all along Raggedy Point Road. There are also upland trails and wetland boardwalks with observation decks and a kayak launch.

Black Rock Trail

Black Rock Trail

  • Heckscher Dr. Jacksonville, FL
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Park and start your way up the wide trail, where sand live oaks provide plenty of shade and dense saw palmetto defines the corridor. If you see a flash of bright color in the trees, stop and look more closely this is a favorite habitat of the very colorful painted bunting. Fallen, sun-bleached trees are everywhere. Carefully make your way over the uneven surface, which will change every time you visit. At low tide, you can walk up at least a half-mile in either direction, to the north up to the promontory visited from the main parking lot, to the south to bluffs falling into the sea.

Cary State Forest

Cary State Forest

  • 7465 Pavilion RoadBryceville, Florida 32009
  • Phone: (904) 266-5021
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The ecosystems on Cary State Forest are varied and include longleaf pine/wiregrass, mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, sandhills, basin swamps and cypress domes. Wildlife species found on the forest include: white-tailed deer, wild turkey, bobcat, otter, alligator, great horned and barred owl, wild hog, pileated woodpecker, yellow-throated vireo, pinewood tree frog and various venomous and non-venomous snake species.

Dutton Island Park and Preserve

Dutton Island Park and Preserve

  • 2001 Dutton Dr Jacksonville, Florida 32233
  • Phone: (904) 630-4100
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