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Little Talbot Island State Park

 Activities at Little Talbot Island State Park

Beaches

Beaches

Little Talbot Island offers five miles of beautiful beaches. With two parking areas and five boardwalks, access to the beach is easy. Three bathhouses and outdoor showers are also provided for your beach enjoyment.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Bicycling can be enjoyed throughout the park, whether you prefer to stay on the paved two and a half mile Park Drive, or ride along the hard packed sand of the beach. A limited number of bicycles are available for rent at the Ranger Station.

 

Camping, Full Facility

Camping, Full Facility

Little Talbot Island State Park is located near Jacksonville on one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in Florida. The campground is nestled among ancient dunes in a lush maritime hammock of live oaks, American holly and southern magnolias. Each of the 40 campsites has 20 and 30 amp electricity, fresh water, fire ring and picnic table. The campground offers a laundry facility and two bathhouses with hot showers. Both restroom facilities are ADA accessible. A dump station is available for RV campers.

Winding tidal creeks border the western edge of the campground where a canoe/kayak launch is available. Beyond the camping area, visitors find five miles of undeveloped coastal beaches, a three-mile hiking trail and a paved path perfect for bicycling and rollerblading. Bicycles can be rented at the ranger station.

Pets are allowed in designated areas of the campground. They must be well-behaved and remain on a leash with a six-foot maximum length. They must not be left unattended for any period longer than 30 minutes.

Maximum RV length = 30 ft.

Hammocks – day use and camping styles – are allowed in designated sites if they are hung using 1 inch (minimum) wide tree-hugger straps from trees 6 inches in diameter or larger.  For a list of our designated sites, please refer to our Hammock camping map.

 

This is part of a statewide study that will end spring 2013, with a final policy decision to follow.  Please ask park staff how you can share your comments related to this study.



Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Long Island Outfitters is Talbot Islands State Park's canoe and kayak visitor service provider located on AIA between Little Talbot and Big Talbot Islands. The service is operated by Kayak Amelia and offers everything from basic rentals to special focus guided trips.

The facility provides local information including maps, safety information, and possible routes. Inside the concession, you'll find a quaint gift shop which offers visitors earth friendly products including clothing made from organic cotton, hemp and bamboo, DEET free insect repellent, Fair trade necklaces, natural handmade soaps, and health conscious snacks and beverages.   Canoe and kayak rentals are available, or if you have your own, there is access to a hand launch ramp.

Kayak Amelia offers guided paddles including; birding paddles, tai-chi paddles, sunset and full-moon paddles, and special focus paddles. All guided trips include instruction, snack, and interpretation.

For those bringing their own kayaks or canoes the fees for using the hand-launch at Long Island Outfitters is $1.00 per person. Long Island Outfitters is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm throughout the year, however it is closed on Wednesdays December through February. For additional information contact Kayak Amelia at 904-251-0016 or the Ranger Station at Little Talbot Island State Park (904-251-2320).

Fishing

Fishing

With literally miles of beach, Little Talbot is a surf fishing paradise. The list of species caught from this beach is long. Check with the ranger at the gate or strike up a conversation with one of the regulars; either should know what is biting and where.

The coastal salt marsh on the "back" side of the island offers superb light tackle angling. From tailing redfish to bottom hugging flounder, ambushing trout to hard pulling black drum, you are sure to find something to "stretch your string."

Do you need a Fishing License?

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

Little Talbot offers the opportunity of sampling a complete cross section of a coastal barrier island.

Exposing a variety of the island's wildlife, the Nature Trail is anchored at one corner of the campground and provides a comfortable walk of approximately one mile.

The Dune Ridge Trail winds four miles through five distinct natural communities, including maritime hammock, beach dune, and depression marsh and finishes its last mile and a quarter with a breathtaking stroll on the sandy beach.

If you choose to hike the trails, always check in at the ranger station and remember your water, sunscreen, and insect repellant.

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Ranger Programs are offered at the Talbot Islands State Parks most weekends. The topics and locations of programs vary. Please call the Ranger Station at Little Talbot Island State Park (904-251-2320) for program information

Pets

Pets

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Little Talbot Island State Park, but are not permitted on beaches, shorelines or beach boardwalks.  Dogs may enjoy our hiking trails, pavilions, paved park roads, parking lots, multi-use trails, and campground. They must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times and can not be left unattended for more than a half-hour.

Picnicking

Picnicking

Thirteen large pavilions are available in the picnic areas for reservation.  Phone reservations can be made Monday - Friday by contacting the Ranger Station.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

Restroom facilities are located at campground, North and South Beach Pavilion areas, and at the Fort George Inlet Access parking area.

Shelling

Shelling

Shelling is a favorite pastime of many visitors and the beaches of Little Talbot Island are a great place to find them.  Collectors can find a multitude of species, including clam, scallop, oyster, and periwinkle.  Plan your shelling around the low phase of the tide, which exposes the most beach area.  Search in the "shell line" where the highest waves stop as they come upon the beach and deposit groups of shells.

Surfing

Surfing

The north beach area of Little Talbot offers one of the best surfing beaches in northeast Florida. While there are 5 miles of beach on Little Talbot Island, the northern section of the beach offers the best surf, with plenty of space to catch your own wave. Please be aware of other swimmers and always use caution while enjoying the ocean.

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming is permitted in the Atlantic Ocean at Little Talbot Island except in the vicinity of the St. Johns River at the south end of the island.  Please swim at your own risk.  No lifeguards are on duty.

Tours

Tours

Guided Segway Trips. Looking for a unique and exhilarating experience? Explore the beauty of these barrier islands as never before on Segways®. EcoMotion Tours is one of Talbot Islands State Parks' visitors service providers operating on Little Talbot Island and nearby Fort George Island. EcoMotion Tours uses Segways® transporters to provide an enjoyable and modern way of touring. Segways® are two-wheeled, battery-powered devices that respond to the way you lean. These eco-friendly transporters are quiet and easy on the trails, providing a wonderful way to explore nature without disturbing its inhabitants. You'll be equipped with a wireless headset so our guides can point out the fascinating plant and animal life along the trails.

EcoMotion Tours provides helmets, orientation and training to ensure everyone has a relaxed and safe experience. No experience is necessary, but there is a minimum age requirement (13 years old) and a weight requirement (between 100-250lbs). Riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All guided trips include instruction, interpretation, bottled water, and a snack. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. 

There are two tour options available for Fort George Island. The morning tour is nearly four miles long and travels through the island's maritime forest and visits Kingsley Plantation. The afternoon tour is approximately an hour long and omits the Kingsley segment. Fort George tours depart from the Ribault Club. On these tours you'll hear the storied history of the island, and see up close the unique flora indigenous to this habitat.

Visit EcoMotion Tours for schedules and call 904-251-9477 to make reservations.

Weddings

Weddings

Preserved as one of the last remaining untouched barrier islands in the area, the natural landscape provides a stunning wedding backdrop of windswept white sand beaches, cascading dunes, sparkling blue water, foraging shorebirds, live oak skeletons and amber sea shell beds. Opened in 1951, Little Talbot's beaches have hosted nuptials for decades. Wedding permits are $50 plus regular park admission of $5 per vehicle 2-8 people or $4 for single person. Thirteen beach front pavilions are available for full-day rentals at $40. Each pavilion can accommodate 40 people comfortably with 8 picnic tables and 2 grills for your convenience.  Please call for details and availability, (904) 251-2320.

For photos and more information, download Your Dream Wedding at Little Talbot Island State Park (PDF - 2.66KB)

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Because Little Talbot is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands, it provides many different natural habitats. These diverse habitats make for a wealth of wildlife within the park. Gopher tortoise and snakes can be seen throughout the park. The shoreline provides ample opportunity to view shorebirds, and the backside of the island is a haven for wading birds. Follow the Little Talbot Hiking Trail over a cross section of ecosystems, and you may be surprised at what you find!