Little Talbot Island State Park

Little Talbot Island is one of Northeast Florida’s few remaining barrier islands free of commercial development; the entire island is a state park.  It is located North of where the St. Johns River flows into the Atlantic Ocean, and is connected to the mainland by Route A1A.  A great way to get there is by taking the St. Johns River Ferry.

Little Talbot Island offers 1872 acres, 5 miles of beach, and 2 trails totaling 4.2 miles.  Facilities include 3 bathhouses, boardwalks, boat ramp, a campground (40 sites, all with electricity),  picnic tables and pavilions, a playground and ranger station.  There’s lots to see and do!

A 3.2 mile hiking trail that loops around the northern end leads through a coastal hammock, rambles over dunes, and finally reaches the beach where crowds of gulls and terns provide most of the shoreline activity.

Little Talbot Island is a great place to enjoy our beach without most of the crowds.  If you stay late in the day, be sure to pull West off A1A for beautiful sunset views overlooking Fort George Sound.

If you go:  Pets are not allowed on the beach in any Florida State Park, but leashed dogs are allowed elsewhere in the park.   Nesting sea turtles come up from the beach to lay their eggs; please respect these endangered creatures and avoid disturbing their nests.

Visit the State Park Website for fee schedule.

 

2 responses to “Little Talbot Island State Park

  1. Looks like a wonderful place to see, and thanks for the heads up about pets! Is there a particular season when the sea turtles come to nest?

    • I had to do some research on the sea turtles. Their nesting dates here are May 1 – October 31, which is our busy beach season. An environmental group marks the nests with stakes. Most of the nests are where the beach meets the beginning of the dunes, and beach-goers seem to be good about not disturbing them. It’s also important to not have lights on the beach at night, as this will confuse the baby turtles when they make their run to the sea.

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