First Coast Finds spotlights Big Talbot Island

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We are hitting the road again, finding the cool places in our area that you can visit this summer in our First Coast Finds.

If you've every driven from Jacksonville to Fernandina Beach on A1A you know it's the perfect picture of northern Florida. The Atlantic ocean, surf, sand and palm trees make for a relaxing drive.

Just a few miles north of the Mayport Ferry dock sits Big Talbot, an island state park. "It's an excellent place for photography. A very unique coastline to Florida," said park ranger Kim Curtis.

You'll find Boneyard Beach, famous for the salt washed skeletons of live oak and cedar trees that once grew near the shore. Visitors walk down a 20-foot hill known as "the bluff" to get to the beach. Locals love the place and so do tourists. "There's four feet of snow where we come from so we think it's beautiful," said one couple visiting from Canada.

Adults come for the view, kids for the play. "I think it's pretty fun and since there are trees everywhere I like climbing on them," said 9-year-old Hannah Boehmer. You can explore miles of biking and hiking trails in the park. You will also find plenty of fish including, redfish, speckled trout and flounder. "I'd always have a fishing pole if I went out here," said Curtis.

Kayak Ameilia has also been renting canoes and kayaks for 17 years in the area. Owner Ray Hetcha advises folks to head to the water to see Big Talbot. "It's a way to get away from the daily grind and just be on your own and just enjoy
what we have around here which I think is second to none in Jacksonville."

Check out Big Talbot Island and soak up the beauty of northern Florida.


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