Florida’s eastern coastline offers so much in the way of sights and attractions for the RV traveler. One of the best among many of the preserves and natural areas is the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve near Jacksonville. Here is where the coastal wetlands meet the Atlantic and offer an area of immense beauty for your enjoyment. Wander the coastal dunes and smell the fresh sea air.
The Timucuan Preserve encompasses 46,000 acres and is close to many other parks which you will find are a must to add to your itinerary. Explore this preserve by first stopping at the Timucuan Preserve Visitor Center where you can get all the information you require to make the most of your visit. Find out where you can walk among live oaks, see where the Timucua Indians lived and climb a platform where you can get amazing views of the salt marshes and wildlife. Be sure to include the Fort Caroline National Monument on your visit as well. You will love viewing the reconstruction of the French fort from 1564.
Another must-see is the historic Kingsley Plantation. Tour the slave quarters and plantation house which will place you right in the early days of the U.S. Wander the interpretive garden and explore the waterfront. You can stop in the bookstore to pick up gifts for friends and family.
The Theodore Roosevelt Area allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and walk peaceful nature trails through wooded forests and beautiful grasslands. You have 600 acres to explore here so you should permit enough time to really take it all in. Wildlife is abundant and you should bring your camera to capture some of the moments you will want to remember in detail.
Huguenot Memorial Park is one spot that will provide gorgeous views of some of the best of Northern Florida’s natural areas. If the weather permits, you can swim. No matter the time of year, you will enjoy boating, picnicking and fishing. Walk a birding trail to get some bird watching in.
Other places you should make it a point to see while you are in the area are nearby. One park with lovely white beaches is Little Talbot Island State Park. Fish the surf and catch bluefish, redfish or flounder. You may ever hook a striped bass or mullet. Rent a canoe and go paddling. Watch the wildlife, such as bobcats, river otters and rabbits. You can find RV camping in this park, with electric hookups of 20 and 30 amp, as well as showers, picnic table and a dump station.
Head on over to Big Talbot Island State Park for a unique visit to one of Florida’s sea islands. This is a premier location for a thorough nature study. Hiking is wonderful here and there are a number of trails to get you out and into the natural beauty of this park.
Last but not least, visit Betz Tiger Point Preserve and Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park so you don’t miss a thing while on Florida’s East Coast. The activities you can enjoy in these parks are incredible, such as hiking, horseback riding, kayaking and picnicking. This has been one wonderful RV vacation and eastern Florida will be happy for you to come again sometime.