Castaway Island Preserve, Jacksonville

4.7
#3 of 7 in Wildlife in Jacksonville
Castaway Island Preserve is located along the Intracoastal Waterway and is adjacent to an intricate salt marsh ecosystem that is ideal for spotting marshland wildlife. Visitors may stroll along the Preserve’s wooden boardwalk, take in a view from an observation platform overlooking the waterway, walk along the kid friendly interpretive nature trail, use the kayak launch to explore the marsh, and explore the theaterstyle education center during scheduled programs.
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  • Our family loves to go on nature walks. This is close to home and a beautiful local park. Trail leads out to Intercoastal Waterway.  more »
  • We enjoy this park frequently. Love running along the raised walks and putting in kayaks of the public docks. make sure you bring bug spray ... Horse flies and mosquitos  more »
  • I love this park, great little hikes near the intercoastal waterway. I do recommend having bug spray available~ because it's on the water. Generally a quiet little escape, there are facilities for kid...  more »
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  • We arrived a little late in the day yet the lighting was absolutely perfect. The sounds of the birds were beautiful and made you feel like you were a million miles from civilization. When you get really close to the swamp area there was a mild odor but that is normal in swampland. The oyster beds were plenty and the birds seemed to be eating tiny fish right across from the little floating dock. I love the trails that are marked with birds feet and Alligators claw markings. The signs were very informative. Other people on the trails were very friendly. The views were amazing and it's a great place to take children who are interested in nature. My son and I are exploring some of the historical parks and hiking trails in and around the Jacksonville area. This is our fourth one since last week. We are also joining in on the Jacksonville Rocks movement. It is amazing to find the beautiful rocks that other people have painted and hidden so we are now painting and hiding rocks along all of our journeys. We enjoy arriving home and sharing our photos. I hope you enjoy the photos that I have shared. Have a blessed night.
  • This area has plenty of free parking and the walking paths and dock include views of either water or marsh. It's fun for kids to guess the footprints painted on the walking path. The bathrooms are clean and convenient. It's a very nice place for a walk. The building on premises is not being used whenever I've been there.
  • This place has a trail that you follow. It has animal foot prints and you follow it to then receive information about that animal. I think it is fun and a great place to go with young children. It encourages kids to learn more about nature and to go outside more. Overall, it was an amazing experience. If you've passed it while driving and considered going (as most people do, including me), I completely recommend that you go. It is an eye opening experience for you and a must.
  • The walkways were scenic and clean. Every one we met were very friendly. Highly recommended for good stroll with great views and accommodation. Wildlife info plaques were informative.
  • Castaway Island Preserve is a peaceful area with quite a bit of paved walking path that's great for walking, jogging, or taking your dog out. My kid enjoyed following the animal tracks on the paths to learn more about the animals and it was neat to look out over the preserve from the lookout points.
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