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Big Talbot Island State Park, Jacksonville

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
Big Talbot Island State Park is a Florida State Park located on Big Talbot Island, 20 miles east of downtown Jacksonville on A1A North and immediately north of Little Talbot Island State Park.The park is a nature preserve and a location for nature study, bird–watching, or photography. Other activities include hiking, bicycling, fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and picnicking. Amenities include picnic pavilions, nature trails, a fishing pier, a boat ramp, bike trails and beaches. The park is open from 8:00 am till sundown year round.The coastal landscape and beach at Big Talbot Island is unique within the state of Florida as result of the lava like hardpan sedimentary deposits. These rocky formations are habitat for mollusca, crab, oysters, and other tide pool creatures. The formations and sand on Blackrock Beach are much darker in contrast to the coquina formations at Washington Oaks State Gardens, and the limestone outcroppings at Blowing Rocks Preserve further south on A1A. The beach can be accessed through the park entrance or through the trailhead parking area adjacent to the Blackrock Trail.Big Talbot and Little Talbot are two of only a few remaining undeveloped barrier islands within Florida. Native Americans named the Timucua were the first humans to inhabit these islands. Beginning with the arrival of the French in 1562, France, England, and Spain claimed the islands as colonial territory. In 1735, General James Oglethorpe named the Talbot Islands in honor of Charles Talbot, Lord High Chancellor of England. Along with the bordering Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, the islands are representative of several ecosystems and support a number of diverse natural habitats abundant with wildlife.
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  • Boneyard Beach at this park was a sight to behold. All the fallen oak trees have remained on the beach, which gives the beach an eerie feeling. I loved shooting the scenery, and as a bonus, was treate...  read more »
  • My boyfriend took me there to show me the driftwood and for a walk on the beach. It was quite a view of nature, seeing all the driftwood and the beauty of the beach. Very romantic and quiet. A very ea...  read more »
  • The main thing about Big Talbot was the uniqueness of the trails. There is one called Blackrock that is a beach of driftwood and corroded sand and is only about a mile walk. This park is right on the ...  read more »
  • As a wedding photographer I am constantly searching for fresh and unique spots to photograph my clients - enter Big Talbot. With several pull offs that provide a unique array of photographic backgrounds this is one of my favorite locations. You have sandy beaches that sit right up against the woods to deadwood littered beaches where the ocean has captured what was recently a large stand of trees. Exploring these beaches and the driftwood is something that my clients (and my kids) love to do. It is totally worth the long drive and the half mile hike from the car park!
  • Seeing as in reality both parks form one large park I will be posting my same review from Little with one MAJOR exception, this island contains Driftwood Beach, or Deadwood beach as we always called it before they hung a sign up. This beach is my favorite in the entire Jax/Amelia Island/Ponte Vedra areas, is it beautiful, kept clean, and fairly secluded. I have met residents of Jax for 10+ years who have never been to this beach. It is amazing! **Repost from Little Talbot** Love both Little and Big Talbot islands, don't be fooled ava get trapped down on Jax Beach with the obnoxious teens and tourists, these are the real beaches of Jax. Only a short drive from the city center yet worlds away in landscape, the small parking lot just on this side of the big bridge has a trail that leads to an amazing little spot where the Atlantic meets the wetlands and you can dipnet for blues high and low tide. Kids will love the thousands of crabs and I have seen the occasional horseshoe crawl up out of the deep on these shores. DON'T MISS THESE AREAS Keep heading north along the road and there are multiple state kept parks, camping areas, kayak launch spots, homes no one can afford and numerous little pull in spots with entrances to both the waterways that crisscross the wetlands (nature's salt filters), wooded areas and the many beaches along the ocean side. No matter the time of year or your reason for visiting the fine city of Jax be sure to make some time to visit these parks
  • Great location, clean water, fun place to relax. I recommend bringing your road bike or mountain bike and ride the trails on the island.
  • Amazing drift wood. Great for relaxing and swimming!
  • The bone yard beach of fallen trees are beautiful at sunrise.
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