Park Alerts for Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park
Beginning November 16, 2013, the Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks will be conducting fuels reduction work on the main tract of Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park. During project implementation, access to the main tract of the park will be closed for several months due to the presence of heavy equipment and logging trucks onsite and along the roadways. However, the canoe/kayak launch will remain open.
The project involves the selective removal of trees from a portion of the park located west of Pumpkin Hill Creek Road and north of Cedar Point Road to remove trees damaged by wildfire and reduce fuels to allow for the safe application of prescribed fire. If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the Administrative Office of Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park at (904) 696-5980 or Talbot Islands State Park at (904) 251-2320.
Welcome to Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park is now reopened for public access to the main trail networks. Due to ongoing timber management activities, visitors may notice newly mowed, chopped, or logged areas within the preserve. These actions are intended to reduce heavy timber and fuel loads to reduce the risk of wildfire and to enable the safe and effective application of prescribed fire, which is critical to restoring the natural ecosystems of the area. Please take care to follow established trails and avoid closed areas during this period of ongoing fuel management and park improvement. If you have any questions, please contact the Pumpkin Hill Administration Office at (904) 696-5980.
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. Wildlife is abundant and ranges from the threatened American alligator to the endangered wood stork. Equestrians, hikers, and off-road bicyclists can explore five miles of multi-use trails that wind through the park's many different natural communities. The park has a canoe/kayak launch accessible by a 500 foot portage to the marshes. Located off I-95 or 9A, head east on Heckscher Drive. Turn north on New Berlin Road, then east on Cedar Point Drive. Turn north on Pumpkin Hill Road. Trailhead parking is approximately one mile on the left. Alternatively, if traveling on I-295, watch for the signs to exit north on Alta Drive, then east on New Berlin, then east on Cedar Point Drive and north on Pumpkin Hill Road.
We welcome you to visit all seven of the parks which collectively comprise Talbot Islands State Parks: Amelia Island State Park, Little Talbot Island State Park, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park , Big Talbot Island State Park and George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park.