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“Cub Scout Campout” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Little Talbot Island State Park

Little Talbot Island State Park
12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226
904–251–2320
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Ranked #4 of 169 things to do in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: On Little Talbot Island, construction of the Timucuan State and National Parks Multi-Use Trail is underway. The first phase of the trail will span more than 2 miles through coastal habitat of Little Talbot Island.
Jacksonville, Florida
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“Cub Scout Campout”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Very nice park rangers and campground was well kept up. We stayed in August and bugs were bad but not as bad as other places. There's a small marsh area and the kids really enjoyed wading and fishing. There's a small but clean and modern park area for them to play with and lots of roads and trails for bike riding. The bathrooms were clean and efficient and there's a laundry facility and basin in the rear for cleaning up and doing dishes. It's a short bike ride across the street to the beach area or you can drive. Really a nice place, we had 4 families and everyone agreed we would like to come back.

If I could improve one thing though, it would be that they have some kind of ice machine on property. You can buy firewood from the ranger station if you forget to bring it, but in the summer months, ice melts fast and the nearest place is 5 miles up the road at a gas station. We had to make several trips over the weekend.

Visited August 2013
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Athens, Georgia
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“Gorgeous beach...glad we found this gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Just returned from 5 nights of camping at Little Talbot and are already making plans to return. We knew we were taking a chance going in the summer, but with the a/c in our camper and bug spray we got along just fine. The beach is wide and uncluttered. The campground is about a 1/2 mile from the beach parking lot so we brought a small wagon to haul our gear from the parking lot to the sand...no problem with a little bit of planning. We also enjoyed the beach at Hugeuenot State Park two days. The campsites had an odd configuration for the water and electrical posts and we had to use extra cords and hoses to make the connections, so bring extras. We biked on the new Amelia Island Bike path one morning, This path is a great addition to the area. The camp ground does not sell ice, so come prepared.

Visited August 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Wonderful family friendly camping just off the beach, beautiful beaches and excellent waves”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

We decided to take off on a last minute camping trip and luckily stumbled upon Little Talbot. Although the campsites are across the road from the beach, we found the short drive over a small price to pay. Campsites were clean and offered both electricity and water. Bring anything you need with you as there are no stores close by. The walk to the beach is over 100+ yards of beautiful sand dunes. The beach was gourgeous, not too crowded and there was consistent surfable waves nearly all day long. We will definitely be back. Oh, be sure to bring deet, mosquito coils, etc. The mosquitos are vicious at the camping area.

Visited July 2013
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Detroit, Michigan
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“Unspoiled Beaches But BBQ Area Can Be Crowded”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We've been going here since the first time we lived in Jacksonville back in 1979. It's a bit of a drive from the city and suburbs but a beautiful one that winds along various bodies of water and marshes. Along the way you see plenty of seabirds and long legged waders.

There is a nominal fee to enter this park but of course it is a Florida State Park.

We go here for the beaches. They are lovely and for the most part uncrowded. However they have a few BBQ pavilions and during the summer they can be jumping with crowds.

During one visit a few years ago, some thugs were on the beach running wild. They were probably 16 or 17. We were there with our young grand kids and one of them kicked sand into the faces of our little ones, I think on purpose. My son-in-law asked them to please stop and in a vicious tone one of the punks said: "Chill, man." A matter of minutes later a man approached with a cell phone and the thugs took off. The man said he had seen what had happened and had already called Park Rangers. We watched as the thugs were escorted out of the park in their car. That's the only really negative experience we've really had there over the many years of visiting.

We had one interesting experience during our recent visit. The water was nice and warm and pretty calm. My daughter and I stayed in the Atlantic for a couple of hours and we noticed a lot of fish jumping out of the water around us. For the uninitiated fish jump out of the water because a bigger fish is after them. My daughter asked me what I thought was chasing them and I said I didn't know but perhaps bluefish, notorious predators that can bite people when they're in a feeding frenzy. Well we got out of the water and were drying off near the water's edge when two black tip reef sharks cruised by right in front of us in less than two feet of water. They were small, about 3 1/2 feet long. But at that point, we knew what was chasing the smaller fish! Face it, if you're swimming in a body of saltwater chances are good that there are sharks are nearby. Chances are also extremely rare that they would ever dine on you! They much prefer fish than humans! Trust me and don't worry.

Little Talbot State Park is a real treat. Just the scenic drive getting there is worth the effort.

Visited June 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
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“Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Just enjoy it all beautiful place to go on the way to Amelia island enjoy the beach fishing too camping

Visited June 2013
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