The Timucuan Preserve is a 46,000-acre area with individual park sites to visit. Each park site is unique for an aspect of natural or cultural history. There are many ways to access areas within the Preserve, so planning your visit with the directions and materials on these pages will start you on a path that leads to enjoyable and educational experiences.
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Your Guide to a Day in the Park
Whether you’re interested in learning about history or the environment, going on a hike, a bike ride or a kayak trip, exploring this area’s natural beauty, the Timucuan Preserve provides a day full of activity. This guide will lead you to several sites to visit and things to do for people with a variety of interests. These stops and activities are catered to those who have an entire day (9:00 am to 5:00 PM) to explore the Preserve.
Activities within the Preserve are free with the exception of the entrance fee for
Little Talbot Island State Park and any equipment rentals from concessionaires. Most Preserve areas are open daily with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and New Years Day.
Note: There is no food available at any of the park sites. Picnicking is permitted. Picnic facilities are available at Fort Caroline, Kingsley Plantation, Cedar Point and the Ribault Club. Dogs are permitted in outdoor areas and must be on a 6-foot leash.
Fort Caroline National Memorial
Time: About 1.5 to 2 hours. Park operating hours 9:00 am to 5:00 PM daily.
Inside the Preserve Visitor Center are exhibits about the natural history and environment, European exploration and settlement, and the Timucua Indians (including the only owl totem found east of the Mississippi River). The visitor center also houses a small bookstore. Remember to pick up a map of the Preserve in the Visitor Center.
- Timucuan Hut and Shell Mound
This exhibit can be found along the walk to the fort exhibit.
The fort was built in 1964 and based on historic drawings of the French fort. It is a one-third scale replica.
- For Kids – Optional Extension
Ask the ranger at the desk in the visitor center how you can become a Junior Ranger for the Timucuan Preserve.
- Hiking – Optional Extension
Walk the Hammock Trail Loop (1 mile). The Hammock Trail Loop is a circular trail that explores several different Florida ecosystems, with many explanatory signposts along the way. This is the first of five trail systems included in this guide. Take a moment now and read through the rest of this booklet to decide which trails you might want to hike. Look for “Hiking –Optional Extension” designations. Approximate trail lengths are given for each trail.
- Hiking – Optional Extension
Spanish Pond – Visitors can travel the boardwalk trail, see the pond and read exhibits. Spanish Pond is located directly across from Fort Caroline National Memorial. Length of boardwalk round-trip is 3/4 mile. (Note: this trail is not a loop. You must backtrack to return to your car.)