Crossing the St. Johns River
The remaining tour stops are north of the St. Johns River. The St. Johns River, originally called the River of May by French explorer Jean Ribault, has been crucial to the peoples inhabiting this area for thousands of years. It is also one of the rivers in the world that flows north.
There are two ways to cross the river. One is to cross via the St. Johns River ferry. This ferry carries vehicles and pedestrians across the river between Mayport and Fort George Island. The ferry runs daily every thirty minutes. There is a fee. Turn right onto A1A.
The river can also be crossed via the Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Bridge,(I-295 North), then north (right) on Heckscher Drive.
It takes approximately 45 minutes to reach the next stop, the Ribault Club on Fort George Island.
The Ribault Club
Fort George Island Visitor Center
Time: 45 minutes to one hour. Park operating hours 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday through Sunday.
The Ribault Club houses the Fort George Island Visitor Center which is open Wednesday through Sunday and is part of the Talbot Islands State Parks. The building is a recently-restored 1920s golf and country club. Inside are interactive exhibits about Fort George Island’s natural and cultural history. Spend some time looking at the exhibits inside. Then walk outside and enjoy the peace and quiet of the island. Sit on a rocking chair or a bench and relax. This building is available for weddings and other events, but the exhibits remain open during normal park hours.
There is a primitive boat ramp at the Ribault Club from which you can launch small boats, canoes and kayaks.
- Hiking – Optional Extension
A 3.5-mile nature trail loop on the island travels through manmade and natural landscapes. This is also a bike trail. Begins at the Ribault Club.
- Segways – Optional Extension
See Fort George Island from a Segway. Call Kayak Amelia to reserve a place
for their unique tour of island historic and natural attractions. Call for information at 904-251-0016. There is a
- Virtual Tour – Optional Extension
Rainy day? Want to do some driving? Check out the Virtual Ranger Tour of the Saturiwa Trail (the road that circles Fort George Island). Insert the tour CD into your car’s radio and learn about thisisland’s history. The CD is available at Little Talbot Island State Park, Kelly Seahorse Ranch, and the Ribault Club. The tour lasts about 1 hour and begins and ends at the Ribault Club. Text of this tour is also available.