After a day in or on the water it only makes sense to continue to commune with nature for the night! Jacksonville is a primo camping and hiking destination that has plenty of beachside camping spots and hiking trails.
Huguenot Memorial Park is a popular campsite, and for good reason. Spanning 250 acres, the horseshoe peninsula is in the perfect location. The Fort George Inlet, the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean surround the park, making it a surefire place to capture Florida's natural marine beauty. With 70 campsites in the area, many of them waterfront, there's no shortage of adventures to be had. Take a sunset stroll, bird watch along the Great Florida Birding Trail and sleep under the stars.
Besides Huguenot Memorial Park, there are three other prime beachside camping spots to check out as well.
Little Talbot Island State Park has beaches on one side (about a five-minute bike or hike away) and salt marshes and maritime forests on the other. Big Talbot Island State Park is a diverse natural preserve and also birdwatcher’s paradise boasting amazing hiking trails. Then there's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, ideal for fishing at the lake or paddleboating, not to mention beach access.
If you're in the mood for something a bit more upscale, consider glamping things up at Flamingo Lake RV Resort. Stay at one of their furnished cabins or yurts, or rent your own RV and rest along the lakefront for the night. There’s also a floating Family Fun Zone that sits in the middle of the lake; perfect for kids who wish to spend time in the water.
Take advantage of the endless summers in Jacksonville by making a splash. Read more about how to be active outdoors in Jax, or sign up for the Visit Jacksonville newsletter to receive #OnlyInJax updates delivered to your inbox.