Little Talbot Island State Park
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Introduction

Featuring more than five miles of picturesque, white sandy beaches, Little Talbot Island State Park is a fantastic beachside RV destination. The 2,500 acre Little Talbot Island State Park contains a wide variety of maritime life, forests, dunes and beaches. Animal species are also in abundance, with rabbits, bobcats, river otters and a variety of native and migrating birds all calling Little Talbot Island State Park home at some stage during the year. As you could imagine with an island in such a beautiful location, the sea-life is also incredible, with thousands of species of fish living at the beach and in the estuary.

Getting to Little Talbot Island State Park is made easy due to its close proximity to Jacksonville, Florida. The campground at the park is a modern facility with 20 RV accessible sites being offered on a year round basis. All campsites not reserved or occupied may be rented to walk-in visitors on a first-come, first-served basis, but since there are only 20 spaces available, it's a good idea to make a reservation more than a day in advance of your arrival. Once you are all set up at your campsite, consider renting a bicycle and begin to explore the beautiful island.

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Transportation in Little Talbot Island State Park

Driving

Coming from Jacksonville, follow E Union St to FL-115 south. Take FL-113 north and I-295 north to Heckscher Dr. From there, take exit 41 from I-295 north for 12 miles. Follow Heckscher Drive all the way until you reach the entrance to the park.

From the north, take the I-95 south. Take exit 362A to merge onto I-295 south. Take exit 41 for FL-105 north and continue onto Heckscher Drive until you reach the park.
From Amelia City, head south on Florida A1A south towards Spring Blossom lane. Continue straight through the traffic circle to stay on Florida A1A south. At the next traffic cone, take the 1st exit to stay on A1A south. Keep going for 8 miles and then turn left to enter the park.

Parking

The parking area within Little Talbot Island is quite large and is usually busy with people coming in making day trips to the park.

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Campgrounds and parking in Little Talbot Island State Park

Campsites in Little Talbot Island State Park

Reservations camping

Little Talbot Island Campground

There is only one campground within Little Talbot Island State Park and it is a cozy size. There are 32 camping sites, however only 20 sites are suitable for RV camping. If you are planning on taking the trip the campground sites maximum length is 30ft, so bear that in mind if you have a bigger vehicle. There are pull through sites available and some of the facilities include 30 amp electric hookup, water hookup, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities and a pet area. You will be able to find reception within the campground, but make sure you bring all of your own supplies as there are no facilities within 10 miles of the park. Due to the size of the park make sure you make a reservation otherwise you may miss out on securing a spot. Camping is open year round, but if you are coming in winter pack some warm clothes as the ocean breeze can get quite chilly!

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Little Talbot Island State Park

In-Season

Shelling

Little Talbot Island State Park is home to one of the best shelling beaches in Florida. The pristine wide beach becomes a haven for sea shells during the load tide, where you can find more than 50 different shell varieties. Most of the beachgoers going to Little Talbot Island State Park will be hanging out near the boardwalks, so if you are on the lookout for some shells we recommend walking north. Here is where you’ll find long stretches of beach to yourself with more opportunities to find shells.

Fishing

If you're a fishing fan, it would be a shame not to cast a line at Little Talbot Island State Park. There are two main options for fishing: the back half and the surf beach.The back half of the island has a great coastal salt marsh where you can catch black drum, flounder, redfish and trout. If you stay within the surfing beach, hopefully you will catch some bigger fish like snook, pompano, snapper, and redfish.

Kayaking

At Little Talbot Island State Park there is a mix of river and the open surf beach, so kayaking is another great choice if you are looking for an adventurous outdoor activity. Depending on the whether the conditions are good, you might be able to kayak around all of Little Talbot Island if you are experienced. There are also kayak rentals, stand up paddleboard rentals and guided tours offered by a company within the park.

Surfing

The pristine salt water beach found on Little Talbot Island State Park is a great spot to go surfing. The openness of the beach means that there are plenty of different break spots available, but usually the best time to surf is when it is low tide. The swell size varies, but usually you will be able to find some 2-3 foot waves most of the year. If you want to find some bigger waves, walk north along the beach and there will usually be a nice left that is bigger and more powerful than the other breaks along the beach.

Off-Season

Hiking

There are two hiking trails to be found in Little Talbot Island State Park – one long (three and a half mile) and one short (0.8 mile) The smaller hike is known as the Campground Nature Trail and offers a side of Little Talbot that the whole family can enjoy with a walk along the estuary. The longer of the two is a three and a half-mile Island Hiking Trail that starts on the left as you turn into the driveway entrance to the park. Depending on space, you may be able to park at the entrance station, but regardless, make sure you ask the ranger for a trail map and tell them you are hiking the trail. Bring plenty of water on this hike, as it can get rather hot on the dunes and the beach.

Birding

Little Talbot Island State Park is an excellent birding location, with the option to spot for both water-based and trail-based birding. Before you begin, you can pick up bird lists and maps from the visitor center and learn of any educational programming that may occur during your visit. The Little Talbot Hiking Trail to the island’s north is a perfect location to see buntings, and its hammocks are good for migratory songbirds in season. Large numbers of wintering Piping, and Wilson’s Plovers can be found feeding on the pristine beach. If you fancy offshore watching, go to the first beach boardwalk and be on the lookout for Northern Gannets in the winter.

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