What Is It?
Big Talbot Island is primarily a natural preserve and provides a premier spot for bird-watching, studying nature and photography. Stay in one spot to observe or let your feet take you on trails throughout the island to explore diverse island habitats.
Thousands of years ago, Big Talbot Island was home to the Native American tribe of the Timucua. By the 16th and 17th centuries when Europeans arrived, the Timucua people populated the island. By the 18th century, the Timucua became victims of colonization. Evidence of Timucua civilization can be seen in the heaps of clam, oyster or mussel shells found throughout the island. These piles are known as shell middens as they point to one purpose: dinner.
Big Talbot and Little Talbot islands are two of just a few remaining undeveloped barrier islands within Florida. Big Talbot Island includes seven parks: Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve, Amelia Island, Little Talbot Island, Fort George Island, Yellow Bluff Fort Historic and George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier state parks.
Explore by Foot, Wheels, Propeller or Paddle
Hiking trails will lead you to the marsh, the shoreline or maritime forest. However, if you would rather use your bicycle or skates, take on the 3.9-mile off-road paved multiuse Timucua Trail. If water is more your speed, you can launch a boat from the north end of the island or rent a kayak for a guided paddle tour.
Big Talbot Island is in the northeast part of the state, 20 miles east of Jacksonville. A single-day pass is $3 per vehicle. Other costs may include access to the pier or to launch a boat. For more information, visit floridastateparks.org or call 904-251-2320.