Jacksonville's preservation parks offer a host of activities for both the wildlife novice and experienced naturalist. Please visit our individual park pages for information on the activities and amenities available at each location.
Wildlife Observation - Preservation parks encompass a wealth of diverse natural habitats that provide ample opportunities to view exceptional wildlife of northeast Florida.This icon indicates that items such as binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras are highly recommended.
Nature Trails - Preservation parks offer an assortment of paved and unpaved multi-user trails each specific to the preserve park or trail head. Preservation parks span the county so each offers a diverse scenic trail habitat and a unique experience. Many trails are 'back country trails.' Please plan accordingly for the time of year; remember to carry water, sunscreen, insect repellent; and be aware of possible sudden thunderstorms.
Leashed Pets Permitted - Well-behaved leashed pets are welcome on our hiking trails, pavilions, paved park roads, parking lots, multi-use trails, and campgrounds displaying this icon. Pets must be kept on a leash at all times and cannot be left unattended. Some animals may be prohibited on a specific park property.
Picnic Areas - Picnicking is allowed in preserve parks displaying this icon. For specific amenities refer to the preserve park web page.
Restroom Facilities are ADA Accessible -
Restroom accommodations are available within preserve parks displaying this icon. Specific accommodations are listed within each preserve park web page.
Primitive Camping in Designated Areas
Group/Youth Primitive Camping - Contact the Preserve Park Management for group camping information, availability and reservations. Areas may be available to groups and organizations.
RV Camping Facilities and Amenities - Indicates RV camping related facilities maybe available.
Pet Camping - Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome within campgrounds displaying this icon. Pets may not be left unattended and pet owners are responsible to pick up after their pets. Pets that are considered a nuisance are not allowed to remain in the park. Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish must be confined or under the physical control of the owner. Some animals may be prohibited on a specific park property. Florida law requires that pets be vaccinated against rabies. Failure to abide by these rules may result in the camper being asked to board the pet outside the park or to leave the campground.
Campfires Permitted Within Designated Areas -
Drought conditions and imminent danger of wildfires may temporarily limit these activities. Please check with park staff for updated burn-ban information.
Bicycling - Many preserve parks are very popular with bicycle enthusiasts and offer unique trail riding experiences for all user levels. Bicycle riding is permitted on designated paved and unpaved trails, established roads, fire lines, except where restricted by signs. Most trails are multi-use so observe trail etiquette and yield to pedestrian and equestrian users. Refer to to the specific Preserve park website for rules and regulations, as well as trail information.
Equestrian Trails - Horseback riding allowed in designated areas.
Canoe and Kayak Access - Many preservation parks border undisturbed pristine water-bodies, bringing paddlers the experience of 'Old Florida' from the water. Canoe and kayak access points are displayed by this icon. Refer to specific preservation park website for canoe and kayak rental availability and information.
Swimming - Swimming activities are permitted in preserve parks where this icon is displayed. Please use caution at all times, swimming only in safe conditions and in designated guarded areas. Swimming may be discouraged in areas of dangerous currents and is not recommended when lifeguards are not on duty. Please check local weather reports for weather and water conditions.
Surfing Access - North Florida is well known for it's various reliable surf spots, Jacksonville especially. The Preservation Project and Partners Properties offer exceptional 'breaks' given the right conditions and tides. This icon indicates surfing is permitted. Please be aware of other swimmers and always use caution while enjoying the ocean.
Recreational Fishing in Permitted Areas - Recreational fishing as authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is allowed in Preservation Parks except where specifically restricted by signs. FWC requires any person engaging in recreational fishing to have appropriate fishing licenses in their possession, unless exempted by FWC.
Boat Docking Available