Big Talbot Island State Park
Big Talbot Island State Park is located on Big Talbot Island which is part of the unique Sea Islands chain and is just 20 miles east of downtown Jacksonville
and just south of Amelia Island
The park is primarily a natural preserve and is an excellent location for nature study, bird-watching and photography.
You can bike and hike on several trails, with maps provided. If you enjoy the water, you can go, boating, canoeing and kayaking on tidal creeks, the Intra-coastal Waterway, Nassau Sound, or the Atlantic Ocean. They offer guided tours and have a deep water ramp with a floating dock, if you prefer to explore on your own. If you enjoy fishing the George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier or in the saltwater marsh that surrounds Big Talbot Island, some common fish caught are whiting, redfish and speckled sea trout.
The beach at Big Talbot Island State Park, Boneyard Beach, is a non-bathing beach, but what makes it great is that for thousands of years driftwood has been washing up on the shore, it's quite a lovely sight.
After exploring you can enjoy a picnic under a pavilion with a panoramic view of Nassau Sound as it opens to meet the Atlantic Ocean, grills are provided there.
Little Talbot Island State Park
Little Talbot Island State Park has many of the same wonderful qualities of Big Talbot Island State. The diverse habitats in the park host a wealth of wildlife for viewing including river otters, marsh rabbits, bobcats and a variety of native and migratory birds. As with Big Talbot, you can enjoy hiking, kayaking, beachcombing, surfing and picnicking but they also have a full-facility, 40 site campground and Segway tours are available.