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.

Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail

Visitors to the 14.5 mile Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail can explore what was once a part of the CSX railway line. Two separate and distinct paths include either a paved path for walking, jogging, in-line skating and/or biking and a parallel unpaved path for horseback riding. Additional unpaved trails spur off the main trail into adjacent public conservation land to enhance the experience. You can start at one end of the trail at the Imeson Road parking area and go about 7 miles to the Camp Milton Trailhead. Keep going to the end of the trail to the small town of Baldwin and stop for lunch at one of the area diners for some good ol’ home cooking.

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1800 Imeson Road

Julington Durbin Creek Preserve

Uniquely located on a peninsula formed at the confluence of Julington and Durbin Creeks, the Julington Durbin preserve provides visitors with many trails through natural communities ranging from sandhill to lower flatwood to lush floodplain swamp and marshes. Julington Durbin Preserve’s nine miles of shoreline offers visitors beautiful scenic views of both Julington and Durbin Creeks. Trails good for hiking, biking, or horseback riding with some trails totaling 6.1 miles round trip are located in the Preserve. You can explore the creeks surrounding the Preserve from the boat ramp at Hood Landing (12803 Hood Landing Road) or the kayak launch at the Palmetto Leaves Regional Park South Entrance off Old St. Augustine Road, across from the Bartram Trail Shopping Center. Or visit the kayak launch off Racetrack Road. This is a great place to kayak in a completely natural setting.

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13130 Bartram Park Boulevard

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park

Right on the ocean, this 450-acre park has everything a family may be looking for. Plan a day to relax on the pristine beach or fish and canoe on the freshwater pond. A small splash park is available in the summer months. This park has many off-road bike paths through mature hardwood forests. Cabin and tent camping are available. Lifeguards and concessions are available at this park. After spending a day at this 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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500 Wonderwood Drive (904) 249-4700

Kingsley Plantation

Located on historic Ft. George Island within the Timucuan Preserve, this site includes the oldest standing plantation house in Florida and the remains of original tabby slave cabins. The site also contains the original barn and kitchen house. A garden is planted with sample crops that would have been grown during the plantation era. The plantation is located along the beautiful Ft. George River where many Florida water birds can be observed. The park offers a dock. A ranger program is offered weekends at 2 pm.

11676 Palmetto Avenue (904)251-3537

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