Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
, simply known as Hanna Park, is 17 miles east of Jacksonville
. It's over 450 acres are made up of sandy beaches, freshwater lakes, wooded camping sites and natural dunes. It has a water playground with fountains for the kids, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and is known for excellent surfing.
The park was established in 1940 and named for Kathryn Abbey Hanna who was an educator and author who settled in Florida and served on the board of Parks and Historical Places. Most of the land has been left in its natural, wooded state.
The wide, white beach in Hanna Park is one of the parks biggest attractions because the north side is one of the best surf spots in Jacksonville. It's called "the Poles" by locals because of the line of wooden poles that mark the border between it and Mayport Naval Station. While there you may see a variety of commercial and Navy ships entering and leaving. They have life guards on duty and there are boardwalks over the dunes to protect vegetation.
They have a 40-acre freshwater lake where you can rent a kayak, canoe or paddle boat. You can fish around the perimeter of the lake and they have lakeside picnic tables with grills available. There are scenic trails surround the lake and there is a water playground for small children. Another great feature of the park is their nearly 15 miles of Bicycle Motocross trails that range from easy to difficult, sanctioned races are held on a on a seasonal schedule.
Hanna Park has 300 campsites nestled in the woods along winding, paved roads for tent camping or RV's, plus five small log "cozy cabins". Every campsite has electricity, water, and sewer hookups; there is a convenience store, a laundry facility and they provide 24 hour security.
Other amenities include a visitor center and there are shuffleboard and volleyball courts throughout the park. Hanna Park is a great place to spend a day with your family.