Little Talbot Island State Park

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With more than five miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches, Little Talbot Island is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in Northeast Florida. Maritime forests, desert-like dunes and undisturbed salt marshes on the western side of the island allow for hours of nature study and relaxation. The diverse habitats in the park host a wealth of wildlife for viewing, including river otters, marsh rabbits, bobcats and a variety of native and migratory birds.

Surrounding surf and tidal streams present excellent fishing for bluefish, striped bass, redfish, flounder, mullet and sheepshead. Other popular park activities include hiking, kayaking, beachcombing, surfing and picnicking. Beachside picnic pavilions are available for use by park visitors and can be reserved in advance for a fee. A campground is located along the eastern salt marshes of Myrtle Creek. Kayak rentals and guided paddle tours are available at Kayak Amelia, (904) 251-0016.

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, 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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Firsthand Florida Fun: Little Talbot Island State Park is featured in the Firsthand Florida Fun blog. Experience the park through the video and photos of Erika Z. See all the blog posts here.

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Physical Address: 

12157 Heckscher Drive

Physical City: 

Jacksonville

Physical Zip Code: 

32226

Mailing Address: 

12157 Heckscher Drive

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Jacksonville

Mailing Zip Code: 

32226

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(904) 251-2320

Fax Number: 

(904) 251-2807

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History and Culture

Native Americans were the first humans to hunt and fish these barrier islands. In 1562, the French Huguenots arrived and named them the "Timucua." Over the next 200 years, the French, English and Spanish lived here. In 1735, General James Oglethorpe named the Talbot Islands in honor of Charles Baron Talbot, Lord High Chancellor of England. In 1845, Florida became the 27th state.

Legacy of Preservation

An article from a 1951 edition of the Jacksonville Journal announces the deed transfer of Little Talbot Island to the Board of Parks and Historic Memorials. More than 50 years later, the legacy of preservation continues making the natural wonders of this barrier island available to all who visit.

Dune Fencing

Barrier islands like Little Talbot are constantly changing. The dunes are especially subject to erosion. The planting of sea oats, installation of fencing and use of boardwalks for pedestrian traffic help protect this natural resource. Few coastal locations in Florida remain undisturbed, but Little Talbot Island is an exception. There are miles of untouched natural wilderness and waters to explore and enjoy.

Paddling

Recreational opportunities abound at Little Talbot. Along with many other fun activities, visitors can relax on the beach, indulge in an afternoon of fishing or enjoy a paddle along Myrtle Creek.

Painted Bunting

An abundance of ranger-led interpretive programming at Little Talbot allows visitors to learn more about the many natural habitats and species found here. Birders, beginning and experienced alike, can enjoy the special birding programs, including the annual Bunting by Bike. Take a pleasant bike ride around the island and learn more about this colorful resident.

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Monday, December 20, 1943

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Join the Talbot Islands State Parks Team!

Talbot Islands State Parks is seeking motivated and dedicated individuals and groups to help with park projects. We are recruiting applicants for the following volunteer positions. Please click on the position you are interested in to learn more about the opportunities available and how to apply.

Volunteer Coordinator, Brian Stinson

Brian.Stinson@dep.state.fl.us

(904) 251-2320

Park Services Specialist, Allison Conboy

Allison.Conboy@dep.state.fl.us

(904) 251-2811

For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.

Join Our Friends Group

Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks

12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226

friendsoftalbotislands@gmail.com

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The park is open from 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.

Fees: 

Admission

  • $5 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
  • $4 Single Occupant Vehicle.
  • $2 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

Camping

  • $24 per night, plus tax, plus a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee. Includes water and electricity. Florida residents who are 65 years of age or older or who hold a social security disability award certificate or a 100 percent disability award certificate from the Federal Government are permitted to receive a 50 percent discount on current base campsite fees. Proof of eligibility is required.

Pet Friendly: 

Yes

Wheelchair Accessible Facilities: 

Yes