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“Very scenic”

Big Talbot Island State Park
Ranked #3 of 180 things to do in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

We took a nice drive through both little and big Talbot island state park. It is a really pretty area to bike or hike and just go to the beach.
We walked the very small hike to black rock beach but it was rather disappointing since at the end it is a cliff and it would be hard to get down to the beach to look around. The short walk through the woods is good if you want a quick walk.
I think bringing a bike and biking would be preferable since you could cover more ground.
To hike, you pay a $3 fee.

1  Thank KimberlyM223
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

We've lived in Jacksonville for over 15 years and have driven by countless times but never stopped. This past Sunday it was too beautiful not to go out and enjoy the outdoors. We packed some snacks, the camera, and off we went. If you have kids (or even if you don't!) make sure to take the Mayport Ferry over. It won't save you a lot of time but it's a fun experience. Entrance into Big Talbot Island (The Bluffs area) is $3 per car and they have a bathroom (upgraded porta-potty) and picnic tables. On the left of the parking lot is a trail head that will lead you through the trees a short distance and to a small drop off where you can get down to the beach. You'll know you're there when you see the boneyard of trees! It's amazing to see these huge trees, roots and all laying all over the beach. Our kids loved being able to explore the beach, climb on the trees, and walk out into the ocean via a sandbar. As we were walking around the tide started to come in and we watched the sandbar slowly disappear. Definitely worth a visit. There is also a paved bike trail and plenty of beaches in the area to enjoy. Pack a lunch and you have a fun filled day!

10  Thank Shawna G
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

This place was excellent. I highly recommend the Black Rock trail to boneyard beach for a surreal experience. It's a short hike through the trees to the beach. It's worth the effort to climb down the drop-off so you can get on the beach and walk among the fallen and bleached live oaks. It's like you're on another planet. I recommend getting there at low tide. Breathtaking stuff.

My favorite part of the park, however, was "the bluffs" trail, because I'm a wildlife nerd. A little farther up the road from boneyard beach, the bluffs has an even shorter trail to access the beach. Once there, I was treated to 10+ osprey circling above the water, hunting for fish. They would soar through the sky until they located prey in the water, then tuck their wings back and plummet into the ocean with a loud splash. If they were lucky, they'd emerge with dinner in their talons. I watched this spectacle for almost 2 hours - magnificent birds hunting and diving barely 50 feet from where I sat on the beach. It was an amazing experience, as if I was watching the discovery channel live. Highly recommend this for any wildlife fans or photographers. I returned 3 days later and while there were fewer birds, they were still hutning in this area. I wouldn't miss this.

3  Thank Jason M
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Park in the day use parking area just south of Big Talbot Park. The trail is about 1/2 mile, but a nice flat nature trail. At the end, there is a side trail on the left that takes one to the edge of a sandy cliff from which you can walk down to the beach. Check the tides and only go here around low tide. There are hundreds of huge dead oak trees that have fallen on to the beach due to erosion and they look like huge pieces of driftwood. Great for pictures.

9  Thank ameliarad2013
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

The beaches are remote and the most interesting and beautiful I have ever seen. The dunes are full of small grasses, beautiful plants and crazy colored crabs. The sand is so white. There are very few people here. I like to drive all the way to the last parking area to get the best views of the island and the ocean. It is a great place to walk and reflect on life. If you can get there for low tide that is great. You want to take a picnic here, or leave in time to drive to amelia island to get something to eat.

6  Thank Doerflerba
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