Jacksonville. This corner of Florida expresses it’s one-of-a-kind character in its unique heritage of the outdoors, multiple historic periods and a distinctly “Jax” identity that manifests in the music of today. Indeed, with all that has imbued generations of Jacksonville residents with a special energy and inspiration, this is also true for the sights visitors and locals alike can find here. Read on for some of our favorite places to sleep under the stars and enjoy the outdoors here around Jacksonville.
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is a great combination for travelers to experience while in the Jacksonville area, of both the North Florida wilderness and the Atlantic beaches. Here, visitors can enjoy camping in small or large groups, picnicking, hiking, paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, cycling, RV lots, and more, all in one place! For those traveling a bit lighter, worry not, as kayaks and mountain bikes are also available for rental on site, as well as other snacks and camping supplies. Here, the skies over the beach are a great place to look out over the waters of the Atlantic.
Big Talbot Island State Park
Located on one of the famous Sea Islands, visitors who want to take their stay outdoors to a truly magical location renowned for its wildlife, stunning views, and unplug for a while will love Big Talbot Island State Park. Here, wildlife photography, bird-watching, guided kayak tours, picnicking with beautiful views, and hiking are just some of the things your party will enjoy. Bring your party to Big Talbot Island State Park for clear skies, fresh ocean air and a memorable diversity of wildlife. For those who wish to do a bit of island hopping and enjoy the coasts of North Florida, note that Big Talbot Island State Park is only one in a series of seven coastal parks!
Anastasia State Park
For visitors who want to center their stay outdoors on the sights, smells, and skies of the beach by the Atlantic, Anastasia State Park is a great option. Here, visitors can enjoy walks on the beach, canoeing and kayaking, and trails along these picturesque dunes. Aside from these amenities, Anastasia State Park is also a haven for a number of iconic coastal species, a great bonus to wildlife watchers and nature photographers visiting the Jacksonville area.
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Enjoy a local favorite pastime, tubing down the relaxing and pristine spring-fed rivers of the state! Here, visitors will enjoy entering the clear, cool waters of old Florida, among tubing, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and canoeing. The wilderness also makes for a great place to wind down at the end of the day and watch the stars.
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