Pumpkin Hill Pitcher Plant
Mounted Rangers
Pumpkin Hill Entrance Gate
Pumpkin Hill Creek Kayak Launch
Pumpkin Hill Creek Saltmarsh
Pumpkin Hill Trails
Pumpkin Hill Gopher Tortoise
Pumpkin Hill Geocache Bash 2014
A patch of green and pink hooded pitcher plants grows atop orange pinestraw littered soil.
Two mounted park rangers in uniform wearing campaign hats sit astride horses at the park.
A large park sign greets visitors next to a gravel road entrance that leads to a grassy parking lot.
A group of kayakers launch their boats into Pumpkin Hill Creek salt marsh.
A view of the salt marsh of Pumpkin Hill Creek framed by live oak branches draped in spanish moss.
A view of the bright green palmetto and gallberry scrub with a white sandy trail running through it.
A brown goper tortoise enjoys the warm sun on a sandy path.
A group of 20 or so visitors gather at the Pumpkin Hill picnic area and discuss geocaching before hitting the trails at the 2014 Geocache Bash.

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Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park

Welcome to Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park

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.

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. Thank you.

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.

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