Manager's Message

Michelle Waterman Park Manager

Michelle Waterman, Park Manager

Tucked beneath the oaks and a short 5-minute drive from I295 and Heckscher Drive, Yellow Bluff Fort preserves an important piece of Jacksonville’s Civil War history. It’s the perfect place to enjoy your picnic lunch break in the shade.

Afterwards, stroll through the contours of this T-shaped earthwork fort along the ½ mile nature trail and imagine the 250 troops encamped here in simple fabric tents. You can almost hear the crackling of the campfire and murmur of comradery on a cool fall night. Built in 1862, both Confederate and then Union troops used the site to defend their post on the St. Johns River.

Keep an eye out for wildlife like Red Fox and Pileated Woodpeckers too!