Little Talbot Trails

Jacksonville, Florida 32218

Little Talbot Trails

Little Talbot Trails Professional Review and Guide

"Five miles of wide sandy beach are the main attraction on this 2,500-acre park bordered by the Fort George River, the Atlantic, and Nassau Sound— the only inlet in northeast Florida that remains unaltered. This is an excellent fishing area for striped bass, seatrout, bluefish, redfish, flounder, sheepshead and whiting.

The salt marshes facing the mainland are little disturbed and offer a good area for nature study. River otters, bobcats, and marsh rabbits all live on Little Talbot. The protected inner dune swales at the southern end of the island with their cabbage palms, slash pines, and pond willows are good places to watch for migrating birds feeding in spring and fall. The maritime forest of live oak, Southern magnolia, and American holly is perhaps the lushest part of the island. Special Attractions: Canoeing, fishing, surfing and swimming."

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"Because so much of the Jacksonville area was developed early in the state’s history, there isn’t much protected land remaining. An exception is 2,500-acre Little Talbot Island State Park, with 5 miles of wide, sandy beach. The island is bordered by the Fort George River, the Atlantic Ocean, and Nassau Sound, the only inlet in northeast Florida that remains unaltered. It features two trails and a pristine 5-mile-long beach walk. Many short walks lead off from State Road A1A in this area. Nearby Big Talbot Island also has some short trails.

The main hiking trail, a 4.4-mile loop, goes through the island to the northern end and then returns along the beach, traversing eight distinct habitats along the way. Register at the entrance station before hiking. On this walk you’ll see that the mostly undisturbed salt marshes facing the mainland offer a good area for nature study. River otters, bobcats, and marsh rabbits all live on Little Talbot. The protected inner dune swales at the southern end of the island, with their cabbage palms, slash pines, and pond willows, are good places to watch for migrating birds feeding in spring and fall. The maritime forest of live oak, southern magnolia, and American holly is perhaps the lushest part of the island."

"Enjoy the best of Jacksonville’s coastal islands on this hike. Start your trek near the Atlantic Ocean, then travel through rolling oceanside woodland before returning to the Atlantic. The rest of your hike is a sandy walk, where you travel along an unspoiled beach with good shelling opportunities.

While seemingly every segment of Florida’s coastline is being developed, preserves such as this state park offer not only a chance to explore this oceanside environment in its natural state, but also a chance to see the forces of nature at work, shaping the land—a place where water endlessly breaks against the shore and where winds sculpt the vegetation. Away from the shore you can see where the ceaseless winds and tides, along with the occasional major storm, have shifted the island itself. Barrier islands are always in a state of flux. On the north end of this hike the Atlantic is cutting into high dunes, slowly moving Little Talbot Island as surely as the moon creates the tides."

Little Talbot Trails Reviews

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3/28/2012
Nice hike but go when its cooler its Florida buggy
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Trail Information

Jacksonville
Nearby City
4.4
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Anytime
Season
Little Talbot Island State Park
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Oct 2018