Manager's Message

Michelle Waterman Park Manager

Michelle Waterman, Park Manager

Autumn is a great time to explore the towering pine forests and paddle the salt marsh trails of Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park. Come out early to enjoy wildlife in the morning and discover the wildflowers in bloom. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen for the journey.

Our hiking trails range from the ¼-mile garden trail to three miles of looped trail. The garden trail highlights native flora at a series of interpretive panels. The looped trail winds through the woods and past wetlands. A bench along the trail provides the perfect seating to view a bald eagle nest. Horseback riders and mountain bikers will enjoy our longer trail networks that connect to the city of Jacksonville's Betz Tiger and Cedar Point preserves, part of the 7 Creeks Recreation Area.

Don’t miss the scenic creek overlook at our canoe and kayak launch, a local favorite. Bring a picnic and watch for river otters, dolphins, kingfishers and wood storks.

We hope that you and your family can take advantage of the restorative nature that our forested park offers. Whether it’s hiking, horseback riding, bicycling or just exploring, we are happy to see you here.