Jacksonville's Wondrous Parks

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Jacksonville is home to many beautiful parks. Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation shares this comprehensive list, with descriptions, of Jacksonville's Timucuan Trail parks.

Castaway Island Preserve

Castaway Island Preserve is located along the Intracoastal Waterway and is adjacent to an intricate salt marsh ecosystem that is ideal for spotting marshland wildlife. Visitors may stroll along the Preserve’s wooden boardwalk, take in a view from an observation platform overlooking the waterway, walk along the kid friendly interpretive nature trail, use the kayak launch to explore the marsh, and explore the theaterstyle education center during scheduled programs.

2885 San Pablo Road, north of Beach Blvd.

Cedar Point

This park managed by the National Park Service contains trails to the west of Cedar Point Road and a small craft boat ramp and canoe launch to the east of Cedar Point Road. The boat ramp allows access to the many salt marshes in the Timucuan Preserve. The views along the marsh will amaze you.

9023 Cedar Point Road

Cedar Point Preserve

This preserve has beautiful trails through mature hardwoods. It’s a great place to hike, bike or horseback ride. The trail takes you to a spectacular view of the marsh. The trails are well marked for pedestrians and equestrians alike.

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East of 7116 Cedar Point Road

Dutton Island Preserve

Dutton Island Preserve is a pristine salt marsh ecosystem that offers visitors exceptional wildlife viewing. Tranquility awaits visitors along the trail to the marsh observation viewing deck. Continue west along Dutton Island Road to Dutton Island Park where you can launch your kayak or canoe within the salt marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway. There is a marked kayak trail among the salt marsh to guide you. This is also a great spot for fishing. After spending a day at Dutton Island Preserve and Dutton Island Park, take the St. Johns River Ferry across the river to Ft. George Island State Park, Huguenot Park and the Talbot Island parks.

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East of 793 Dutton Island Road West until you see the park on the right

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