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Located on one of Northeast Florida's unique sea islands, Big Talbot Island State Park is primarily a natural preserve providing a premier location for nature study, bird-watching and photography. Explore the diverse island habitats by hiking Blackrock Trail to the shoreline, Big Pine Trail to the marsh or Old Kings Highway and Jones Cut through the maritime forest.
Launch a boat from the north end of the island to fish and tour the salt marsh or rent a kayak and take a guided paddle tour with Kayak Amelia, 904-251-0016. Kayak tours require advanced reservation.
Visit The Bluffs and enjoy a picnic at one of the pavilions overlooking the water or take a quick stroll down the trail to Boneyard Beach. The unique beach is famous for the salt-washed skeletons of live oak and cedar trees that once grew near the shore.
Bring a bicycle, in-line skates or a stroller and enjoy the 2.9-mile off road paved multi-use Timucuan Trail that runs parallel to A1A. Stop along the way to read about the park's natural and cultural resources at the interpretive panels.
We welcome you to visit all seven of the parks which collectively comprise Talbot Islands State Parks:
- Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park
- Amelia Island State Park
- Little Talbot Island State Park
- Fort George Island Cultural State Park
- Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park
- George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park
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History and Culture
Big Talbot Island today is a great place to go fishing, kayaking, boating or strolling along the undisturbed trails and beaches. Thousands of years ago, however, the island was home to Florida's most ancient people, the Timucua. By the time Europeans arrived in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Timucua people populated the island. Unfortunately, by the late 18th century, most of the Timucua had perished. Evidence of their civilization can be seen in shell middens, ancient trash piles of oyster shell and food refuse found throughout the island. The Talbot Islands, named for Charles Baron Talbot, Lord High Chancellor of England, were converted into lucrative plantations by the Europeans who settled here. The Spicer plantation was located on the north end of the island and the Houston plantation was at the south. Today, the island is a refuge for wildlife and visitors, providing ideal habitat and recreational opportunities.
The boat ramp at Big Talbot Island offers access to the Intracoastal Waterway, Nassau Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Boaters can enjoy plying the waters or casting a line - the park is known for its good fishing.
Anglers in search of a good catch often take to the waters in their boats and canoes. Those who prefer to remain on land, however, might enjoy casting a line from the bluffs, which have always been a good, yet quiet spot for fishing.
Bone Yard Beach
Big Talbot Island has eroded over time, creating 30-foot bluffs and toppling trees onto the beach. After years of being washed by salt water and bleached by the sun, these trees become white and bone-like, leading to the name Bone Yard Beach.
Getting Involved Opportunities:
This park is part of the Talbot Islands State Parks. Information on volunteering can be found at Little Talbot Island State Park or by calling the Talbot Islands Ranger Station at (904) 251-2320. For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.
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Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks
12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226
The park is open from 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year. The boat ramp is open 24 hours a day.
Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.
- $2 per person to access the George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier.
- $3 per vehicle entrance fee to access the Bluffs picnic area, Blackrock trailhead and Big Pine trailhead.
- $4 to use the boat launch.