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Address: 12713 Fort Caroline Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32225
Phone Number: 904 641 7155
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Learn all about the history of Florida's Native Americans here.

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Great hiking a half hour from Kacksonville Airport

This free National Park site has great walking trails and an interesting reproduction of the earliest French settlement in North America. We happened to be here on an "event" day... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Seth G
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Happy Valley, Oregon
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Happy Valley, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This free National Park site has great walking trails and an interesting reproduction of the earliest French settlement in North America. We happened to be here on an "event" day and got to see live musket and cannon firings and here lots of lore, as well as walk a total of about 8 miles. Our visit was in January so... More 

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Thank Seth G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a road trip north towards home we took a detour to visit Timucuan and it was a nice addition to our trip. The landscapes are beautiful and the Kingsley Plantation is worth a visit.

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New Orleans LA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Next on our list was the Florida northeast coast National Parks. Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve is a great example of preserved plantation architecture tabby construction and well-preserved slave quarters. At the Fort Caroline site, volunteers Mr & Mrs Greenbaum were great -- they were the "living video" knowing sdo much of the Preserve and Fort. Kudos to these traveling... More 

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Roswell, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am a writer and photographer for National Park Planner (npplan.com) and I visited the Timucuan Ecological Preserve in March 2015. The Preserve was created in 1988 to protect the salt marshes and estuaries located north of Jacksonville, Florida. The park is bounded by the St. Johns River to the south and the Nassau River to the north. This is... More 

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1 Thank Steve M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a good place to visit but there were a lot of bug. They were all over me. We did not take a far walk. I recommend you prepared for the bugs.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

This huge, expansive preserve is the best kept secret of Florida's First Coast. The national Timucuan Preserve itself encompasses multiple state parks, forests and smaller city preserves. There are lots of hiking opportunities, which is what brought me here. Go to the visitor center at Fort Caroline and prepare to be blown away by the extent of this wonderfully preserved... More 

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Jax Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

The replica French fort is a must see (short accessible hike) as are the views along the St. Johns River. In a short visit, you can really take in all of the history of what happened here between the French, Spanish, and British inhabitations.

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Dunnellon, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

One of the best sites in this part of Florida for history and wonderful photo opportunities.Incredible wealth of information on the site about how the natives interacted with early settlers. What a fabulous trip back in time.

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Jacksonville, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve is one of the Park Service's best kept secrets, encompassing vast acreage on both sides of the massive St. John's River as it makes its way out to the sea. On the South side of the river you have the historic re-creation of Fort Caroline, a 15th century French settlement destroyed by the Spanish... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

A nice place to visit and learn about the native Timucuan native Americans. The museum if well run and attended by knowledgeable people. You can walk the nature trail off Ft. Caroline R. or go to the museum grounds a couple of miles from there. Also visit the Ribaultt Monument further down and see perhaps the best view of the... More 

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