PARK CLOSURES, OPENINGS & ONLINE RESOURCES
Public Health & Safety Regarding Coronavirus COVID-19
OPEN: City parks and preserves.
OPEN: State parks in Jacksonville are open with restrictions. See below for detail.
ACCESSIBLE – National Park sites: Fort Caroline National Memorial and Kingsley Plantation grounds are accessible Wednesday through Sunday. Visitor centers and some buildings may not be open.
See below for lists of parks.
Timucuan Parks Foundation is the nonprofit that provides programming, funding, and volunteers for Jacksonville’s natural areas including but not limited to the city’s nature preserves, state parks, and national park sites. Our park partners are JaxParks (City of Jacksonville), Talbot Islands State Parks (Florida State Parks), and the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve (National Park Service). TPF is the official charity partner of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve.
For more information, please send an email to info @ timucuanparks.org.
WHICH PARKS ARE WHICH
City of Jacksonville/JaxParks
Mayor Lenny Curry announced that effective May 6, 2020, Duval County beaches will be open with no time limits or activity restrictions. While this is a positive step, citizens are encouraged to be cautious and responsible. Please continue to practice social distancing and keep group sizes small.
- Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park description
- Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park operating hours, admission, and camping information
- Huguenot Memorial Park description
- Huguenot Memorial Park operating hours, admission, and camping information
City nature parks and preserves under Timucuan Parks Foundation’s purview that are open with social distancing restrictions:
- Alimacani Park and Boat Ramp
- Betz-Tiger Point Preserve
- Camp Milton Historic Preserve
- Castaway Island Preserve
- Cedar Point Preserve
- Dutton Island Preserve
- Huguenot Memorial Park
- Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail
- Julington-Durbin Creek Preserve
- Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
- Reddie Point Preserve
- Sal Taylor Creek Preserve
- Seaton Creek Historic Preserve
- Thomas Creek Preserve
Florida State Parks
Visitation Updates (normal fees apply)
- Due to local orders, facial coverings or masks are required inside buildings for staff and visitor safety.
- The Fort George Inlet Parking area at the south end of Little Talbot Island is closed.
- Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least six feet apart.
Find out safety updates, park and campground access, and visitation hours of Florida State Parks in Jacksonville at the following:
- Amelia Island State Park (Nassau County)
- Big Talbot Island State Park
- Little Talbot Island State Park
- Fort George Island Cultural State Park (and Ribault Club)
- George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park
- Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park
- Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park
Learn more at the Florida State Parks update page.
ANNUAL ENTRANCE PASS – EXPIRATION EXTENSION
Due to recent statewide park closures from COVID-19, Florida State Parks will honor all current Annual Entrance Passes for 2 months past the marked expiration date. This applies to passes purchased 3/1/2019 – 6/30/2020. Simply present your pass card, like normal, at the time of admission. Please visit the Florida State Parks annual pass page for more details.
National Park Service
The grounds of these sites are accessible Wednesday through Sunday, 9 AM to 5 PM:
- Fort Caroline National Memorial – visitor center not accessible. The dock is open effective March 11, 2021 as a fixed dock (not floating).
- Kingsley Plantation – visitor center and gift shop not accessible. The dock is closed due to damage.
And the following Timucuan Preserve trails are OPEN sunrise to sunset:
Reach the parks virtually with these resources as we keep our distance to stop the spread of COVID-19:
VIRTUAL TOURS & PARK VIDEOS
- Take a virtual tour of Kingsley Plantation
- Explore the Timucuan Preserve’s museum collection
- Enjoy a 360° video kayak tour and Timucuan Preserve introduction
- Discover the history of the area’s people
- Schedule a Timucuan Preserve virtual field trip for your class
- Hike virtually through the Theodore Roosevelt Area in the Timucuan Preserve
- See Kingsley Plantation and other sites of Jacksonville’s African-American Heritage Trail
- Jacksonville’s Sense of Place – Timucuan Parks Foundation
- Jacksonville Parks – Explore Our Natural Wonderland
- Exploring Northeast Florida’s Fort Caroline National Memorial
- Junior Ranger program for the Timucuan Preserve and Fort Caroline National Memorial (perfect for kids 4-12)
- Junior Ranger programs for all national parks
- How did the Timucuan make their own pottery? How to make your own.
- What would you write home as a 16th century settler?
- What is Spanish moss?
- Buddy Bison Backyard Bingo
- Explore the pollinators in your backyard
GAMES AND ACTIVITY & COLORING SHEETS
From our friends at the St. Johns River Water Management District and Visit Jacksonville
- Timucuan Preserve curriculum materials
- Kindergarten through 12th-grade lesson plans to assist in teaching various aspects of water resources, from the St. Johns River Water Management District