Cedar Point Preserve is located 10 miles northeast of downtown Jacksonville with two trailhead parking areas. Fitzpatrick Creek Trailhead is located along the south side of Cedar Point Road just west of Pumpkin Hill Road and the Black Hammock Island Trailhead is approximately 1.2 miles further east along Cedar Point Road. The 618-acre conservation land supports several important natural communities; oak hammocks, pine flatwoods, and a freshwater marsh system and is surrounded by an intricate salt marsh ecosystem. This site is essential to preserve this area in order to protect and maintain the salt marsh tidal creek ecosystem and to preserve biological and hydrological functions of the upland forests. Forested areas within Cedar Point provide habitat for wildlife, including many wintering and migratory birds. It also provides protection from storm water runoff floods, winds, and other erosion processes.
Recreational opportunities include 7.3 miles of trails available to hikers, off-road bicyclists and horseback riders as well as picnic facilities, wildlife viewing and scenic overlooks. With the completion of an impressive 245-foot trail bridge over Pumpkin Hill Creek completed in summer of 2018, the Preserve's trail system is now connected to the National Park Service's Cedar Point Property that offers an additional 4.4 miles of hiking and biking trails at the south end of Black Hammock Island. Click here to view/print the trail map for Cedar Point Preserve
as well as find other trail maps and paddling guides.
Cedar Point Preserve is part of a larger area known as the 7 Creeks Recreation Area which collectively encompasses over 5600 acres of contiguous conservation lands that also includes Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park, Betz-Tiger Point Preserve, Cedar Point (NPS), Bogey Creek Preserve and Jim Wingate Preserve which are managed in partnership. The 7 Creeks Recreation Area offers more than 30 miles of natural-surface trails that could occupy days of hiking, biking, horseback riding, and exploring diverse ecosystems. And, the unspoiled lands are surrounded by expansive saltmarsh of Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve that provide an extensive web of tidal creeks for kayakers, boaters, paddleboarders and fishermen. For more information, please visit 7CreeksJax.org