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Timucuan Preserve Overview

Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve offers visitors a chance to visit one of the last preserved wetland areas in Florida. Touted as the place ‘where the waters meet’, the preserve is home to 46,000 acres of preserved land through a cooperative of Federal, state, city, and private groups and individuals. Spanning around 6,000 years of history, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Within the preserve are various sites such as the Fort Carolina National Memorial dedicated to the French occupation of the area in the sixteenth century. There is also the Kingsley plantation, a former slave plantation and memorial to slavery. Visitors can also take a walk through time to the home of the Timucuan Indians as well as where pre-Columbian people once lived.

Observation areas are available to view the salt marshes habitats. Visitors can also visit the beaches at Talbot Islands. Ranger lead programs are available at the different sites for the visitors to learn more about the fascinating history of the area.

How to get there
Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the preserve is easily accessible by road to any of the attractions located within the preserve boundaries.

What to expect:
There are many things to do in the park with the preserve encompassing about 46,000 acres of natural wetland. There are numerous sites to visit from the Fort Carolina National Memorial/Timucuan Preserve Visitor center, the Kingsley plantation, and the Theodore Roosevelt area. The preserve also participates in the Junior Ranger program for kids and hosts ranger lead programs for visitors at the various sites. Horseback riding, kayaking, and other activities are available in different areas for a fee; also available are guided tours via the different locomotion options.

Average costs:
Entrance to the preserve and sites are free. Certain permits may require a fee.

Hours of Operation:
The Timucuan preserve visitor center is located within the Fort Carolina National Memorial and is open from 9 to 5 daily. The park sites are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.