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Big Talbot Island State Park, Jacksonville
(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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  • Big Talbot (And Little Talbot) is a great spot for being close to nature. Bird watching along a wooden boardwalk; biking along a 5 mile asphalt path; walking on the beach; nature photography. 
  • The boneyard beach is one of the bizarrest places i have been to. It puts you right into nirvana...the sea, the dying trees, the driftwood....a special place and plenty impressions to shoot pictures. ...  more »
  • Great 2 hours!!! An earlier reviewer had mentioned difficulty getting on the beach, however further erosion has created a fairly easy path down to the beach. Footing is a little iffy but it's not as h...  more »
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  • The hike to the beach is a unique experience. The trail is like a tunnel through the trees. The driftwood on the beach is something I have seen before. Usually very quiet place to hang out and reflect. Parking is always available. Also a good place to set up for bicycling.
  • Love this park-shady, nice breeze, bathrooms are clean. The bike trail is a big plus and very nicely maintained. Be prepared to climb down to the beach-it's a pretty steep drop. Bring water with you-there is none on site.
  • 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!
  • Walked the BlackRock Trail, the trail is only .5 mi long and I had to climb from a ledge to get down to the beach. Absolutely gorgeous place.
  • I go multiple times a year. One of my favorite spots for taking some pics. Super fun to just walk around and explore.