With so many parks, green is Jacksonville’s color!
State Parks and Preserves:
Hike through 46,000 acres of coastal wetlands, salt marshes, and hardwood forests within the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve. Visit nearby Fort George Island for a taste of history and boating through the tidal waters. To the south of Jacksonville, near Ponte Vedra Beach, the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve offers thousands of acres of salt marsh and mangrove tidal wetlands.
Hemming Plaza’s fountain and shade trees provide a cool retreat right in the heart of downtown Jax. Visit nearby Confederate Park to relax on the grass by the lake or bring your four-legged friend for a romp in the adjacent dog park. Take a sunset water taxi ride across the St. Johns River to Friendship Fountain on the Southbank. Treaty Oak at Jesse Ball duPont Park is just a five-minute walk from the fountain and home to a 250-year-old Southern Live Oak that’s more than 70 feet tall, with a 25 foot wide trunk!
Pack a picnic and head to Jarboe Park near Neptune Beach. This green space includes a playground for the kids and features a weekly farmers market. Located by the Mayport beaches, Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is a beautiful beachside location for camping, picnics, hiking, and swimming. Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park features cabin rentals, a freshwater lake, a splash ground and playground for children, access to beaches, and 20 miles of mixed use trails, which are great for mountain biking. Watch for manatee, egrets, ospreys, and an occasional dolphin sighting!