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Big Talbot Island State Park
Photo: Courtesy of Visit Jacksonville

Big Talbot Island State Park

Trails lead hikers through marshland and maritime forest to the beach on Big Talbot, located just northeast of Jacksonville. Fishing and guided paddle tours are available with advance reservations; don't forget to pack a lunch to enjoy in the beachfront pavilions.

Be sure to: Visit Boneyard Beach, a sandy stretch spiked with salt-washed skeletons of cedars and oaks.

How to get there: Drive 20 miles east of downtown Jacksonville on A1A North. For guided paddle tours, contact Kayak Amelia; 904/251-0016 or For more info, call 904/251-2320 or visit

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