Manager's Message

Michelle Waterman Park Manager

Michelle Waterman, Park Manager

We are proud to have reopened Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park with limited capacities for recreation and relaxation during this unprecedented time. We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to social distancing guidelines such as maintaining six feet of separation, limiting gatherings to 10 or fewer people, practicing regular hand washing, and reducing in-person interactions by using the online payment option on the website. Our park’s sunny outdoor atmosphere can help refresh your mind and body. Please enjoy the outdoors responsibly for the health and safety of us all.

Tucked beneath the oaks and a short five-minute drive from I-295 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 of the grand oak trees. Afterwards, stroll through the contours of this T-shaped earthwork fort along the half-mile nature trail and imagine the 250 troops encamped here in simple fabric tents. You almost can hear the crackling of the campfire and murmur of camaraderie on a cool fall night. Built in 1862, this site was used by both Confederate and then Union troops to defend their post on the St. Johns River. Keep an eye out for wildlife like red foxes and pileated woodpeckers!

We hope that you and your family can take advantage of the restorative nature that our park offers. Whether it’s hiking, picnicking, bicycling or just breathing, we’re all in this together and are happy to see you back here.