Outdoor in Jax: It’s Not Just Beaches in Florida

The abundant parks and ecological preserves in Jacksonville provide an unforgettable opportunity to escape city life and relax in nature’s playground.

Jacksonville is the city of parks, with more than 80,000 acres of green spaces including 10 state & national parks and more than 400 city parks and gardens. No matter where you are in Jacksonville, you are never more than 15 minutes away from the eco-adventure of a lifetime!

Bike + Hike: Sure, Florida is flat, but that doesn’t mean it is not still a very exciting hiking and biking destination. Jacksonville offers unspoiled natural terrains to get your gears rolling and discover local wildlife and sceneries. Explore the 20 miles of trails at Hanna Park in Atlantic Beach, the family-friendly paved trails at the Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail and the beautiful oceanfront Timucuan Trail in North Jacksonville. You can hike, or bike them and connect to a new side of Florida. www.visitjacksonville.com/things-to-do/outdoors.

Parks Itineraries: Jacksonville has the largest urban park system in the nation, 4 times the size of the Island of Manhattan! Our parks are big enough to camp, hike, surf, bike and explore for as long as you desire. You have only one hour in Jacksonville? Explore Hemming Park. Have two days in our city? Head to Hanna Park. Spending a long weekend in Jax? Explore the Talbot Islands State Park. Bring your camping gear or stay at designated lodging cabins in the parks. Find great itinerary ideas for our parks here: www.visitjacksonville.com/travel-tools/tours-experiences/itineraries/.

Unique Camping Spots: With more than 400 parks and 22 miles of beaches, you can bring the camper and find your ideal camping spot pretty much anywhere along Jacksonville. For a one of those can’t miss locations bring your tent and camp at Little Talbot Island. This Jacksonville State Park has both river and oceanfront camping to cool you down, and offers rustic sites as well as facilities like showers, grills and electricity. Little Talbot has a lagoon perfect for fishing and kayaking, trails for biking and hiking, 5 miles of unspoiled Atlantic Coast beaches, and is one of the best birding spots in the city. Big Talbot Island, another barrier island and State Park, can be reached by bike from your camping site and offers some of the most picture-perfect spots for sunrise shots in all of Jacksonville. www.visitjacksonville.com/things-to-do/outdoors/camping/.

Reel in the Big One! It’s fishing season all year in Jax. With the most shoreline of any Florida city, anglers love Jacksonville’s convenient water access and variety of fresh and saltwater fishing options. Fish Jacksonville’s riverfront shoreline drop a line from a bridge or pier or sail out from one of the many marinas dotting the shoreline. Flounder, kingfish, redfish, snapper, tarpon, cobia, grouper you can find them all in our shores. There are some serious fishing tournaments to explore including the Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, the Flounder Pounder, The El Cheapo Sheephead Tournament and the Northeast Florida Wahoo Shootout. Learn more here: www.visitjacksonville.com/things-to-do/beaches-water/fishing.