7 Creeks Fest

7 Creeks Fest

Jacksonville, FLorida



Saturday, March 9, 2024

10AM – 3PM

Betz-Tiger Point Preserve
13990 Pumpkin Hill Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32226

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Thank you for Celebrating and Exploring the7 Creeks Recreation AreaWith Us and Our Park Partners

See You Next Year!

Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors

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7 Creeks Fest 2022

Celebrate and Explore the7 Creeks Recreation Area

The 7 Creeks Fest invites you to celebrate and explore the scenic waterways, diverse ecosystems, and winding trails of the 7 Creeks Recreation Area. Spread throughout the connected wilderness parks and preserves surrounded by seven creeks, this family-friendly, fun event raises awareness of these preserved public lands and how we can help protect them.

The fest highlights the area’s recreational opportunities, local efforts to enhance and protect these green spaces, and offers nature-themed activities and exhibits that emphasize education and environmentally-responsible adventures.

Free admission & activitiesCome Early and Spend the Day!

Choose Your Own Adventure

Check In at the Welcome Hub

Check in at the Fest Welcome Hub to get information, then choose your own adventure! Bring your own recreational equipment, or try ours for free: kayaks, canoes, and bikes (first-come, first-serve).

Two 7 Creeks Trail Hikes Start Early

Interested in tackling the entire seven-mile 7 Creeks Trail? Complete the hike with the guided group and you receive a coveted 7 Creeks Trail sticker or 7 Creeks patch!

  • Hike schedule to be announced


Enjoy performances by diverse local talent at the Welcome Hub's creek-side stage. Performances last 45 minutes to one hour.

  • Schedule to be announced

Free Shuttle Bus to Other Trailheads Available

A free shuttle bus will be available for travel to these trailheads starting 9:45 AM (following this route):

  • (1) Welcome Hub
  • (3) Kayak Trailhead
  • (4) State Park Trailhead
  • (5) Black Hammock Island Trailhead
  • (6) Horseshoe Creek Trailhead
  • (7) Fitzpatrick Creek Trailhead
  • (1) Welcome Hub
  • (2) Edwards Creek Trailhead

Two shuttle buses will make continuous loops from 9:45 AM to 3:30 PM.


  • Archaeology Activity
  • Bike Rides (Self-guided & Tour)
  • Bingo Scavenger Hunt
  • Birding Walk
  • Camping Clinic
  • Canoeing
  • Dip Netting
  • Exhibitor Area
  • Fishing Clinic for Kids*
  • Food Trucks
  • Geocache Challenge
  • Hike Entire 7 Creeks Trail
  • History Hikes
  • Kayaking
  • Live Music
  • Nature Hikes
  • Photography Hike
  • Prescribed Fire Equipment Demo
  • Welcome/Orientation
  • Wildflower Walk

*Pre-registration required. Details to be announced.

Bring your own recreational equipment, or try ours for free (first-come, first-serve):

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Biking

Fishing Clinic for Kids

Online registration for the Junior Ranger Angler fishing clinic will be open closer to the March 9, 2024 date.

For children ages 6-16. Space is limited.

This program is presented in partnership by Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, Timucuan Parks Foundation, and JaxParks.

Thank you to our 2023 fishing clinic sponsors

Unique Exhibitors and Engaging Learning Opportunities

Connect with a variety of exhibitors focused on environmental conservation and education, health, outdoor recreation, and other outdoor activities. All exhibitors are located at the Welcome Hub exhibitor area unless otherwise noted.

  • Citizens of Jacksonville Protecting Public Preserves
  • Cosmo Historical Preservation Corporation – Gullah Geechee fishing heritage (table at #2 Edwards Creek Trailhead)
  • First Coast Invasive Working Group
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Office of Greenways and Trails
  • Florida Forest Service
  • Florida Native Plant Society, Ixia Chapter
  • Florida Public Archeology Network (11:00AM, table at #6 Horseshoe Creek/Cedar Point)
  • Florida State Parks
  • Florida Trail Association, North Florida Trailblazers
  • Florida Youth Maritime Training
  • Friends of JaxParks Geocachers
  • Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks
  • JaxParks
  • Keep Jacksonville Beautiful/Clean It Up, Green It Up
  • North Florida Land Trust
  • Northeast Florida Aquatic Preserves
  • Northeast Florida Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)
  • Sierra Club Northeast Florida Group
  • St. Johns River Water Management District
  • St. Johns Riverkeeper
  • Timucuan Parks Foundation
  • Timucuan Preserve – National Park Service
  • Tree Hill Nature Center
  • Turtle Survival Alliance
  • University of Florida – Jacksonville, Center for Health Equity & Engagement Research (CHEER)
  • University of North Florida Archaeology Lab
  • US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-4
  • Visit Jacksonville
  • WILD Program – Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Become a Fest Exhibitor

Is your company or organization focused on nature, science, outdoor recreation, education, conservation, or the environment? We are looking for exhibitors like you to participate in 7 Creeks Fest!

Become a Fest Sponsor

The 7 Creeks Fest is a free community event and the generous support of sponsors will help us present it to the community. To learn about sponsorship levels and benefits, download the packet.

Become a Fest Volunteer

We need volunteers to make 7 Creeks Fest a success. We are looking for dedicated volunteers to help with table set-up and break down, parking assistance, and much more. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.

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Thank You to Our Community Partners

  • Adventure Kayak Florida
  • Boy Scout Troop 37 Atlantic Beach
  • Cosmo Historical Preservation Corporation
  • Duval Audubon Society
  • Florida Native Plant Society, Ixia Chapter
  • Florida Public Archaeology Network
  • Florida Trail Association, North Florida Trailblazers
  • Kayak Amelia
  • Sierra Club Northeast Florida Group
  • Will Dickey Photography

Park and Trail Etiquette

To protect wildlife and their habitat (and fellow visitors), please follow these rules of the outdoors:

  • Dogs must be on 6-foot leash.
  • Dispose of bagged dog waste in trash receptacles.
  • Admire plants and wildlife from afar, keep a safe distance.
  • Leave No Trace / Pack in & Pack Out – take your litter with you when you leave the trails.
  • Bike riders yield to hikers. All yield to horses.
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Things to Bring

It’s a good idea to bring these with you because the parks are remote and you will only find nature there:

  • Refillable water bottle (Water stations for refilling your water bottle will be available.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent spray
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camp chair or picnic blanket
  • Snacks or a picnic*

*Food trucks provide opportunities to purchase food but may have long lines.

7 Creeks Fest is modeled on Marsh Fest which originated at Dutton Island Preserve in Atlantic Beach, a biennial event that became so popular that it outgrew little Dutton Island. The park agencies and nonprofits have partnered to revive the celebration of our saltwater marshes and other ecosystems by hosting 7 Creeks Fest in the more expansive 7 Creeks Recreation Area.

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Discover the 7 Creeks Recreation Area

The 7 Creeks Recreation Area offers visitors 30+ miles of trails that could occupy days of hiking, biking, horseback riding and exploring diverse ecosystems, making each mile a new adventure. This collection of parks and preserves is home to thousands of acres of unspoiled lands surrounded by expansive saltmarsh of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve that offers an extensive network of tidal creeks for kayakers, boaters, paddleboarders and fishermen.

7 Creeks | 7 Parks and Preserves | 30+ Miles of Trails on 5,600 Connected Acres

7 Creeks Recreation Area illustrated map