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Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve

Explore over 46,000 acres and 6,000 years of human history that makes up the Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve.

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Boneyard Beach

Find yourself amongst thousands of pieces of driftwood tattered by the currents of our waterways.

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Kingsley Plantation

Rich with history and along the Florida Black Heritage Trail, Kingsley Plantation is a stop you do not want to miss.

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Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park

Take your pick, 1.5 miles of white sandy beaches, bike trails or camping can all be found a Hanna Park.

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Cedar Point

Located on the southern tip of Black Hammock Island.

Parks

Green is our color! With over 80,000 acres of parks, including the 46,000-acre Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve, Jacksonville boasts the largest urban park system in the country.

  • Just minutes away from Downtown, the 46,000-acre Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve is made for those seeking a natural thrill. You can fish, swim, hike, camp, boat and have a true eco-adventure all without leaving the Preserve. Park Rangers are available for guided tours daily.
  • Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is the ideal destination to get active in Jacksonville’s Beaches. Take the family and enjoy a day out in white-sandy beaches or bring your gear and enjoy the 20 miles of mountain biking trails marked for beginning, intermediate and expert riders, it also has a 60-acre freshwater lake perfect for fishing, bird watching, kayaking and canoeing. Hanna Park also has camping grounds and welcomes pet of all sizes.
  • Huguenot Memorial Park offers pristine white sandy beaches, waterfront campsites and a boat launch area. Jax Fact: Huguenot is the only beach in Jacksonville where you are able to drive your vehicle on it - just watch out for the changing tides!  
  • Big Talbot State Park is a photographer's dream, visit Boneyard Beach inside the park and see the oak skeletons that populate the shore. If biking is your thing, there is a 12-foot wide paved path winding through the park. A beautiful trail separated from the road so you don't have to worry about the kids drifting into traffic. Bring your roller blades, strollers or just your own two feet for a relaxing trek through the maritime forest.
  • At Treaty Oak Park in downtown Jacksonville, you’ll find a 250-year-old Southern Live Oak, in the same spot since before the city was formed during the 1820’s. Its trunk is over 25-feet in circumference and it is over 70-feet tall, some of its branches spread over 90-feet and go underground and rise back up, a real sight to see! 
  • The Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens is a 120-acre natural oasis in the middle of the busy Arlington neighborhood in Jacksonville. It is located in the site of a former mine.Go for a hike and explore Jacksonville’s green spaces. Jacksonville Arboretum has hiking trails perfect for beginners as well as the more experienced hiker. With 13 different ecological habitats and seven different trails, the possibilities for exploration are huge!
  • The Jacksonville Baldwin Rail Trail, is part of a nation-wide, federally initiated “Rails to Trails” program. The Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail is a 100 foot wide Right-of-Way (ROW) currently extending approximately 14.5 miles from Imeson Road in Jacksonville to the Town of Baldwin. A 12’ wide paved trail currently exists for hikers, bikers and roller-bladers to enjoy. An equestrian trail also parallels the paved trail.
  • Jacksonville’s Dog Wood Park named 10th best dog park in the US - Destinations Travel Magazine
  • Jacksonville ranked 4th in Forbes.com’s America’s Best Cities for the Outdoors in 2009. Ranking criteria included spending per resident ($57), park land as a percentage of city (19.3 percent), average annual percentage of sunny days (63 percent) and days with unhealthy air quality (five days). Forbes.com, 2009.
  • Jax ranked 35th in the nation for Best Parks. ParkScore, 2012.
  • Parenting Magazine named Jacksonville the best city in the U.S. for Recreation. Parenting Magazine, 2010.

Only in Jax Parks:

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve
  • Big Talbot Island State Park
  • Little Talbot Island State Park
  • Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
  • Huguenot Memorial Park
  • B.E.A.K.S (Bird Emergency Aid and Kare Sanctuary)
  • Mandarin Park
  • Metropolitan Park
  • Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens
  • Tree Hill Nature Center
  • Westside Regional Park/Ringhaver Park
  • Bethesda Park
  • Dog Wood Park
  • Friendship Fountain
  • Jessie Ball DuPont Park
  • Riverside Park
  • Confederate Park
  • Memorial Park
  • Stockton Park

For more information on Parks in Jacksonville, click here. For a complete city parks directory.