Little Talbot Island Hiking Trail

Mayport, Florida

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mayport
Distance: 3.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours
Season: October through April
Local Maps: USGS Mayport
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Talbot Island Hiking Trail

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May 2018