More than 15 miles of trails interconnect Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park with neighboring public lands, enabling visitors to spend all day out on the woods.
Or spend it on the water, using their kayak launch to ply Pumpkin Creek and the tidal marshes of the Nassau River basin.
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Address: 13802 Pumpkin Hill Rd, Jacksonville
Restroom: vault toilet at trailhead
Land manager: Florida State Parks
Open 8 AM to sunset. Leashed dogs welcome. Most trails are multi-use. Expect to encounter equestrians and off-road cyclists along the trail system.
Much of the landscape is open scrub or scrubby flatwoods. Carry plenty of water for your rambles.
Use insect repellent and clothing appropriate for warding off ticks. We know someone who picked up a tick in this area and later tested positive for lyme disease.
From Interstate 295 north of the St. Johns River, exit on Hecksher Dr east. Turn left at the first traffic light onto New Berlin Rd. Follow it 4 miles north to a Y intersection; bear right. Continue 5 miles along Cedar Point Rd to make a left onto Pumpkin Hill Rd. The trailhead is on the left just after the residential area ends.
About the Park
Located north of the city along A1A, it’s one of a string of state parks where you can lose yourself in the landscape.
The bluffs provide a panoramic sweep of salt marshes where Pumpkin Hill Creek flows into the Nassau River estuary.
Explore miles of trails on foot, by bike, or on horseback through the scrub forest, pine flatwoods, and out to views from the river bluffs.
Hiking and Biking
An extensive network of multiuse trails connects from Jim Wingate Preserve to the west through Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve.
They extend up to the park boundary at Betz Tiger Point Preserve, where you can continue north on their trail system, and south to Cedar Point Preserve for even more mileage.
The kayak launch is located at the north end of the park off Pumpkin Hill Creek Road down a side road to the right, just outside the gate of Betz Tiger Point Preserve.
It’s a beauty spot to visit for birding, a picnic, or just to enjoy the salt breeze off the creek. Launching here puts you right into Pumpkin Hill Creek.
Head upstream to explore along the edge of Betz Tiger Creek Preserve, or downstream to the Nassau River estuary.
Be cautious of oyster bars in the estuary and oyster beds along the shorelines.
See our slideshow video from Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve
See our photos of Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve
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