7 Creeks

Not far off I-295, on Jacksonville’s Northside, exists a natural utopia perfect for the outdoors lover.

Starting at the intersection of New Berlin and Cedar Point Roads and running east to Black Hammock Island, the 7 Creeks Recreation Area offers visitors miles of trails that could occupy days of hiking, biking and exploring with a variety of ecosystems making each mile a new adventure. This collection of parks and preserves is home to thousands of acres of unspoiled lands; equestrian trails; and no shortage of waterways for kayakers, boaters and paddleboarders.

The City of Jacksonville, the National Park Service, the Florida Park Service, the North Florida Land Trust, and the Timucuan Parks Foundation collaborate on park planning and resource management to provide a seamless experience for visitors as they navigate the 28-miles and 5,526 connected acres that make up the 7 Creeks Recreation Area.

The Parks and Preserves of the 7 Creeks Recreation Area are:

Betz-Tiger Point Preserve
Bogey Creek Preserve
Cedar Point Preserve
Cedar Point (NPS)
Jim Wingate Preserve
Pescatello Island (NFLT)
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park

The 7 Creeks Recreation Area is compilation of 5,600 acres of contiguous conservation lands managed by local, state and federal agencies as well as non-profit organizations. The properties are managed in a collaborative effort to provide an interconnected and seamless experience for park visitors. For more information, please visit: www.7CreeksJax.org

1. Betz-Tiger Point Preserve

Betz Tiger Point Preserve is surrounded by awe inspiring broad expanses of saltwater marsh. Stunning scenic views as well as abundant wildlife can be seen in this natural setting. With its adjoining neighbor, Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park, visitors can enjoy miles of nature trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use, kayak/canoe areas, and ample fishing. Use the canoe launch a few hundred feet south of the Preserve to launch your canoe and explore the salt marshes.

Activities you can do:
Scenic Overlook
Kayak Launch
Fishing Platform
Hiking Trails
Biking Trails
Equestrian Trails
Picnic Table

Address: 12100 Pumpkin Hill Road Jacksonville, FL 32226

2. Bogey Creek Preserve

This preserve showcases cypress swamps, coastal forests, and salt marsh that support a wide variety of wildlife. Visitors are invited to enjoy the walking trails, picnic areas, and scenic views, or land their kayaks at our landing on Bogey Creek.

Activities you can do:
Picnic Table
Kayak Landing Only
Hiking Trails
Scenic Views

Address: 6141 Cedar Point Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32226

3. Cedar Point Preserve (Jax Parks)

The 618-acre conservation land supports several important natural communities; oak hammocks, pine flatwoods, and a freshwater marsh system and is surrounded by an intricate salt marsh ecosystem. Forested areas within Cedar Point provide habitat for wildlife, including many wintering and migratory birds.

Recreational opportunities include 6.3 miles of trails available to hikers, off-road bicyclists and horseback riders as well as picnic facilities, wildlife viewing and scenic overlooks. With the completion of an impressive 245-foot trail bridge over Pumpkin Hill Creek completed in summer of 2018, the Preserve's trail system is now connected to the National Park Service's Cedar Point Property that offers an additional 4.4 miles of hiking and biking trails at the south end of Black Hammock Island.

Activities you can do:
Picnic Table
Scenic Overlook
Hiking Trails
Biking Trails
Equestrian Trails

Address: 7116 Cedar Point Road, Jacksonville, FL 32226

4. Cedar Point (NPS)

Now preserved as a natural environment, the area was once the site of a Spanish Mission, later subjected to agriculture during the plantation period of the 19th century, and management as a pine plantation during the 20th century
Consisting of approximately 400 acres, Cedar Point is located at the south end of Black Hammock Island. Visitors have the opportunity to experience both upland hammocks and salt marsh habitats by land and water. Hiking and biking are allowed on the trails.
A boat ramp provides access to some of the best fishing spots in the region. It is a popular launch site for boaters, kayakers, and paddle boarding. Birdwatchers come to Cedar Point to see over 200 species of birds, including the beautiful painted bunting.

Activities you can do:
Picnic Table
Scenic Overlook
Historic Site
Kayak Launch
Fishing Platform
Hiking Trails
Biking Trails

Address:
9023 Cedar Point Road Jacksonville, Florida 32218

5. Jim Wingate Preserve

Jim Wingate Preserve serves as an equestrian-themed trailhead (although welcome to hikers and bikers) that provides the only parking lot providing access to the trails of Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park on the west side of Boney Road.

Activities you can do:
Hiking Trails
Biking Trails
Equestrian Trails

Address: 4849 Cedar Point Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32226

6. Pescatello Island

Located within the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and surrounded by salt marsh, this beautiful island is completely forested and undeveloped. The island is covered by a mixture of live oaks, eastern red cedars, slash pines and saw palmetto. The uplands provide excellent habitat for a variety of songbirds and other wildlife.
Since this is an island, Trail conditions on the island may vary. Please contact North Florida Land Trust info@nflt.org before visiting.

Activities you can do:
Birding
Kayaking

Address: Southwest of Cedar point Preserve

7. Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park

Equestrians, hikers and off-road bicyclists can explore over 15 miles of multi-use trails that wind through the park's many different natural communities and connect to the trail systems of the adjacent City Preserves for even more miles of exploration. Pumpkin Hill Creek can be accessed at canoe/kayak launch or by either of the two creeks overlook trails, which are perfect fishing spots.

Activities you can do:
Picnic Table
Scenic Overlook
Historic Site
Kayak Launch
Fishing Platform
Hiking Trails
Biking Trails
Equestrian Trails

Address: 13802 Pumpkin Hill Road Jacksonville FL 32226


Partners in Preservation:

JaxParks, NPS, Florida State Parks, North Florida Land Trust, Timucuan Parks Foundation