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“Awesome campsites.. Short walk to beach.”

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
Ranked #9 of 176 things to do in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

Great park. Lots had full hook-up for our camper. Kids loves walking to beach and the view was awesome. For 3 mornings in a row at the beach we saw dolphins riding the waves. So cool watching the miltary helicopter fly over the beach landing at the navy base next to the campground. This am a navy ship was heading out to sea.

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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Great park by the ocean. Mountain bike trails are plentiful,well maintained and clearly marked. Beach access and camping, hiking, fishing and canoe rentals available also. Great outdoor activities for the whole family.

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

My husband and I spent four nights at the Hanna Park campground in a motorhome with slide-outs. The pros are: (1) it’s a 5-minute walk from the campground to the nearest beach access points. The beach is beautiful with tall dunes and miles of white sand! (2) The campground is covered with a heavy canopy of trees, so campsites are nicely shaded. The lush, natural vegetation throughout the park provides some privacy and natural screening between campsites. (3) Each campsite has a picnic table and metal fire pit/grill. Some tables were in disrepair. (4) There are two fenced play areas within the campground. (6) There are hiking and biking trails throughout Hanna Park. (6) The Lake recreation facilities, where you can rent paddle boats and kayaks, are also nearby.

If you reserve far enough in advance, you can use the online reservation system. We reserved only two days in advance so we called the park to make our reservation. The cost per night is very reasonable ($30.50 with a Good Sam discount,)

One caveat for big rigs—Hanna can accommodate RVs up to 45 feet long, but be sure to look very carefully at the site map (available online at http://www.coj.net/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation-and-community-programming/docs/hanna-park/hannamap-jan11.aspx) when you make your reservation. We called for a reservation without looking at specific sites and, although park staff knew the size of our coach before they assigned our campsite, when we arrived at the campground, we discovered our coach wouldn’t fit into our assigned spot. We’d been given a site meant for a much smaller RV. The park entrance and registration office is about one-and-a-half miles from the actual campsites, but we were able to call the office and switch to a larger, nearby site.

When you register at the park entrance, you get a parking pass and the entry code for the campground gate. There are keypad locks on the all the restrooms and showers, but we didn’t use those facilities. There is a laundry area near the back of the park, but we didn’t use it, either.

The cons are—and these wouldn’t be negatives for everyone: (1) no paved sites. Most sites appear reasonably level, but front of our site was quite a bit lower than the back. (2) It rained heavily at the beginning of our stay and drainage is poor in some areas, so there were still some large puddles of standing water two days after the rain stopped. Bring your mosquito repellant. (4) No Wi-Fi. (5) No cable TV. (6) No pool. (7) The soil is very sandy, as you’d expect near the beach, and it gets into everything if you aren’t careful. (8) The on-site convenience store is closed, but there is plenty of shopping within a 10-15 minute drive. (There’s no indication of when the store might re-open, but we did see a sign that says the City is planning to remodel the store and is taking bids for the store concession.)

Overall, although there are no resort-style amenities or cable TV, Hanna Park is a very pleasant campground and we would stay there again.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We had a great experience at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. We went to the beach for the day and took our dog. The beach was beautiful and there were only a few others there. We did not go anywhere but the beach, but seemed like a fantastic park!

6  Thank Diana N
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Covered pavillons for picnics, outdoor showers for beachgoers, bike trail, campground in wooded area

Thank Diane R
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