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Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

In the northeast part of the state, in Jacksonville

 

The preserve protects 46,000 acres of estuarine natural resources and historic and prehistoric sites between the Lower St. Johns and Nassau rivers. The site includes four areas: Fort Caroline National Memorial (see separate entry), Kingsley Plantation, the Theodore Roosevelt area, and Cedar Point. The Kingsley Plantation includes the oldest remaining plantation house in Florida. The 18th- and 19th-century structures include the planters home, kitchen house, barn, and 23 of the original 32 slave quarters. The Theodore Roosevelt area preserves a maritime hammock forest and evidence of the Timucuan Indians who once inhabited northeast Florida. The Cedar Point area is undeveloped but has informal hiking trails. The preserve was authorized on February 16, 1988.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

 

Bird- and wildlife watching, boating, hiking, picnicking, touring Kings-ley Plantation and Fort Caroline. See Fort Caroline National Memorial. Facilities: Visitor centers and bookstores at Fort Caroline and Kingsley Plantation. Fort Caroline includes a near full-scale rendering of the original fort, a 1-mi nature trail, and picnic area. The Theodore Roosevelt area offers an observation tower located at the marsh's edge, plus 3.5 mi of trails. Programs & Events: Ranger talks at Kingsley Plantation, occasional ranger programs at Theodore Roosevelt area and Fort Caroline. Tips & Hints: Busiest Feb. and Mar., least crowded Aug. and Sept.

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

 

Free. No hunting. Leashed pets only. No pets in buildings. No bicycles on trails. Fort Caroline National Memorial and visitor center open daily 9-5. Kingsley Plantation open daily 9-5. Theodore Roosevelt Area open Oct.-Apr, daily 6 am-6 pm; Oct-Apr., daily 6 am-8 pm.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

 

The preserve is in northeast Jacksonville. From 1-95, exit on Heckscher Dr. (Rte. 105). Follow Heckscher east to Rte. 9A. For Kingsley Plantation, continue on Heckscher Dr. for 9 mi, turn left at the park sign onto Fort George Island, and follow signs to plantation; for Theodore Roosevelt area and Fort Caroline National Memorial, turn right onto 9A heading south, take the next exit, and at the traffic light, turn left and follow the signs to Fort Caroline National Memorial and Theodore Roosevelt; for Cedar Point, go lA mi to the next light (New Berlin Rd.), turn left at the light and follow New Berlin Rd. to the intersection with Cedar Point Rd. (a triangleular intersection), turn right on Cedar Point Rd. and follow it to the end. The four sites are about 35 minutes driving time apart. Closest airport: Jacksonville International.

Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve on the map