Manager's Message

Michelle Waterman Park Manager

Michelle Waterman, Park Manager

Autumn sunsets are unbeatable at the western marshes of Big Talbot Island State Park, where the sunlight dyes wispy clouds bright pink and orange like cotton candy as it seems to melt into the salt marsh at dusk. The towering trunks and twisted limbs of fallen giants greet you on the beach at Big Talbot Island State Park. Boneyard Beach (found from either the shoreline access trail at the Bluffs parking area or Blackrock Trail off A1A) tells the story of the powerful natural forces that shape barrier islands.

This protected driftwood landscape is perfect for photography and discovery, and is complemented by a moonscape of blackrock hardpan soil. Please leave your pets behind when exploring the beach as this area is critical habitat for sea turtles and shorebirds, which can be easily scared away.

Alternatively, explore the hiking trails or cruise the 3.8 miles of paved Timucuan Trail pathway on a bike or skates. Look for wading egrets and pink-feathered roseate spoonbills off the boardwalk viewing platforms at the north end of the trail overlooking Spoonbill Pond.

Please adhere to parking area capacities as these limits are intended to minimize impacts to sensitive resources, and refrain from parking on the vegetation along State Road A1A right of ways.

We hope that you and your family take advantage of the restorative nature that our park offers along the shoreline. Playing amongst driftwood tree giants on a beach brings out the kid in all of us, so get nostalgic and enjoy. We are happy to see you here.