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Two rangers on horseback and a handler teach horseback riding techniques to three children. Three kayaks on the creek approach the canoe and kayak launch. A ranger in yellow fire gear monitors a fire line during one of the prescribed burns that help maintain the park's ecosystem. This green and rose-colored pitcher plant with its delicately-cupped top is a carnivorous plant native to this area.
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park
The park entrance sign, situated to the right of a rustic dirt road beckons visitors to explore a part of Florida's natural wilderness.

History and Culture

East of Jacksonville's skyscrapers and west of the beaches, this state park protects one of the largest contiguous areas of coastal uplands remaining in Duval County. The uplands protect the water quality of the Nassau and St. Johns rivers, ensuring the survival of aquatic plants and animals, and providing an important refuge for birds.

This view of the tall grasses and water of the salt marsh is taken from the canoe and kayak launch.

Salt Marsh

The estuarine ecosystem found at Pumpkin Hill is crucial to protecting the water quality of the St. Johns and Nassau rivers. It also provides the perfect environment for the growth of many species of plant and animal life.

Wildflowers, saw palmetto and pine trees abound in this view of a Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve meadow.

Meadow of flowers

A ride or hike along one of the trails is sure to be a reward for the eyes and senses. Open meadows, like this one, provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of Florida's native flowers, trees and shrubs at their best.

The waters and grasses of the salt marsh are calm and inviting.

Salt Marsh

The marshes and creeks in and around the preserve are great places to launch a canoe or kayak for a peaceful paddle.

Six riders on horseback set off down one of the dusty trails.

Horseback Riders

Horseback riders enjoy riding the many trails at Pumpkin Hill. From a short .75 mile-ride to the longest trail, at 3.7 miles, there is a trail for everyone here.

Pine sap drips down metal gutters into clay Herty cups fixed to pine trees in this old black and white photo.

Cat-face

It is hard to travel through natural Florida and not see evidence of the turpentine industry on the faces of longleaf and slash pine trees. At Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve, trees can be seen with cat-faces. Cat-faces were incisions cut into the pine trees to extract sap, which was then processed into turpentine.