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Little Talbot Island State Park

Jacksonville, Florida

Contact Information
12157 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, 32226
(904) 251-2320

Reservation Information: 1-800-326-3521

Driving Directions
Take I-95 to Hecksher Drive (Milepost Exit 358A - Old Exit 124A) and then travel east for 17 miles.

Six colorful kayaks on the Fort George River on a tour with the guide explaining the natural surroundings.

Hours of Operation
Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

Located twenty miles from downtown Jacksonville, Florida, Little Talbot Island is one of the few remaining undeveloped, barrier islands in Northeast Florida. The entire island - 2,500 acres - is a State Park.

The park has more than five miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches, undisturbed salt marshes, and vegetated dunes. Maritime forests, desert-like dunes, and the salt marshes on the western side of the island allow endless hours of nature study and relaxation.

Park Activities

Beaches, Bicycling, Full Camping, Group Camping, Youth Camping, RV Camping, Canoeing, Fishing, Nature Trails, Picnicking, Swimming, and Wildlife Viewing

Full Facility Camping
Camping is offered on the western side of Little Talbot Island along Myrtle Creek, approximately a quarter of a mile from the beach. Our campground has 40 campsites, each with water, electricity, an in-ground fire ring, and a picnic table. Most of the sites are nicely shaded by huge moss-draped Live Oak trees.

There are two full-facility bath houses, a dump station, a small boat ramp, a nature trail, and a nice playground. Bicycles and canoes can be rented at the Ranger station.

(Group and Youth) A primitive camping area is available for groups and organizations. Water, picnic tables, a fire ring, and a porta-toilet facility are available for this area.

Please see the state park fee schedule for additional charges that may apply.

The Campground on Little Talbot Island serves as the camping facility for Amelia Island, Big Talbot Island, and Little Talbot Island, and Fort George Island State Parks. Of the forty sites, there are about 12 sites that can accommodate RV type campers, depending on the size of the camping rig. Each site is equipped with electrical hookups (20 and 30 AMP), potable water, an in-ground fire ring, and a picnic table. The dump station is located by the campground gate.

With literally miles of beach, Little Talbot is a surf fishing paradise. The list of species caught from this beach is long. Check with the ranger at the gate or strike up a conversation with one of the regulars; either should know what is biting and where.

The coastal salt marsh on the “back” side of the island offers superb light tackle angling. From tailing redfish to bottom hugging flounder, ambushing trout to hard pulling black drum, you are sure to find something to “stretch your string.”

Nature Trails
Little Talbot offers the opportunity of sampling a complete cross section of a coastal barrier island.

Exposing a variety of the island's wildlife, the “Nature Trail” is anchored at one corner of the campground and provides a comfortable walk of approximately one mile.

The “Hiking Trail” winds its four miles through a densely forested maze of trees and palmettos and finishes its last mile and a quarter with a breathtaking stroll on the sandy beach. If you choose to hike the trails, always check in at the ranger station and remember your water and insect repellant.

Thirteen pavilions, that can be reserved, are available in the picnic areas.

The Atlantic Ocean provides excellent wave conditions year-round for those who want to "catch a wave". The beach is easily accessible with plenty of parking, dune walkovers, and bathhouses.