Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

Overview

The 46,000 acre Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve was established to protect one of the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast, and to preserve historic and prehistoric sites within the area. The estuarine ecosystem includes salt marsh, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks, all rich in native vegetation and animal life. Archaeological evidence indicates 6,000 years of human habitation in the area. Various sites include Fort Caroline National Memorial, Theodore Roosevelt Area, Fort George Island, St. Johns River, Kingsley Plantation and Talbot Islands State Parks.

The visitor center for the preserve is located at Fort Caroline National Memorial and the park operates a visitor contact station at the Kingsley Plantation site, both open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; the preserve headquarters is open 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed on all government holidays). The Theodore Roosevelt Area is open from sunrise to sunset; however, restroom facilities are only open between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Cedar Point, which does not have facilities, is open from sunrise to sunset. The Ribault Club, an interagency visitor center, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Seasonality / Weather

Summers are hot and humid, with frequent thunderstorms. Winters are cool, but freezing temperatures are rare.

Directions

Driving: 

Fort Caroline National Memorial Visitor Center is located near the intersection of Monument Road and Fort Caroline Road, approximately 14 miles east of downtown Jacksonville. For detailed driving directions to the visitor center and other sites within the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, please refer to the park website.

By Boat:

Docking facilities, able to accommodate up to a 25 foot boat, are available to visitors wishing to arrive by personal watercraft. Personal watercraft can be tied up to dock for up to 59 minutes.

Flying: 

Jacksonville International Airport is northwest of the park.

Public Transport: 

There is no public transportation to or within the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Jacksonville is served by Amtrak and by Greyhound Bus lines. Personal or rental vehicles are required to reach the park.