With one of the closest wild beaches to Jacksonville, Little Talbot Island State Park is a heavily visited park, and not just for its beaches.
Location: Little Talbot Island
Fees: $4-5 per vehicle
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome but not on beaches
North of Jacksonville along SR A1A.
The campground sits well-sheltered along the salt marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway, inviting play on the water. Drop a line in from the shore or go fishing from your kayak amid the maze of needlerush. Guided kayaking and Segway tours are available through local outfitters.
The Island Hiking Trail slips through coastal hammock and out through massive dunes, leading to a secluded section of oceanfront away from the bathhouses and crowds, where morning glories spread out their colorful blooms along the soft sand.
This is Florida’s northernmost surf spot, with waves the best near the northern end of the beach. Beach wheelchairs are available.
- Campground Nature Trail - At Little Talbot Island State Park, the 0.8-mile Campground Nature Trail offers a side of Little Talbot that the whole family can enjoy—along the estuary
- Island Hiking Trail - At Little Talbot Island State Park, the Island Hiking Trail is a 3.5-mile loop that guides you on a scramble over big dunes to a beach walk on the Atlantic Ocean