What to do in Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park

**Note: This information was provided by www.floridastateparks.org.

East of Jacksonville's skyscrapers and west of the beaches, this state park protects one of the largest contiguous areas of coastal uplands remaining in Duval County. The uplands protect the water quality of the Nassau and St. Johns rivers, ensuring the survival of aquatic plants and animals, and providing an important refuge for birds. Wildlife is abundant and ranges from the threatened American alligator to the endangered wood stork. Equestrians, hikers, and off-road bicyclists can explore five miles of multi-use trails that wind through the park's many different natural communities. The park has a canoe launch to the marshes for canoeists and kayakers. Located off I-95 or 9A, exit Heckscher Drive north. Turn north on New Berlin Road, then east on Cedar Point Drive. Turn north on Pumpkin Hill Road. Trailhead parking is approximately one mile on the left.

Interpretive Ranger Programs are offered at the Talbot Islands State Parks most weekends. The topics and locations of programs vary. Please call the Ranger Station at Little Talbot Island State Park (904-251-2320) for program information.

Wildlife viewing is possible at this park.

Recreation
The Nature Trails are anchored at the parking area and are open to hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. NO vehicular traffic is permitted. If you choose to use the trails, always check in at the ranger station and remember your water and insect repellant.

The bicycling and horse trails are anchored at the parking area.

The creeks adjacent to Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park are crucial in maintaining a healthy habitat for plants and animals, and provide the paddling enthusiast hours of exploration through pristine estuarine habitats. Access to Pumpkin Hill Creek is available for canoes and kayaks via a hand launch area at the end of Pumpkin Hill Road.

There are three access points to unspoiled tidal creeks adjacent to park property. Whether fishing from the shore or a boat, these creeks have enormous potential for catching redfish, flounder, and speckled sea trout.

Location
From I-95 or 9A, exit Heckscher Drive north. Turn north on New Berlin and turn east on Cedar Point Road. Continue on Cedar Point Road approximately 10 miles and turn north on Pumpkin Hill Road. Parking area and main trailhead will be on the left side of the road.

Climate
Florida's weather is dominated by the water that surrounds it. The Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Gulf of Mexico in the west provide a stabilizing force that maintains the mild climate. Northern Florida is considered sub tropical, although it does receive some snow. This area is drier than the rest of the state. Southern areas of the state, definitely the Keys, lie within a tropical climate. Humidity is high, a characteristic of the climate, although the temperatures usually don't extend past 90 degrees F.

On the average the state receives 50 to 65 inches of rain. Summer is the rainy season, which extends into October in the south. Hurricane season begins in late August. Some hurricanes can bring up to 25 inches of rain. An average of two hurricanes per season reach the Florida peninsula. Most often these storms reach the Atlantic Coast rather than the Gulf Coast.

Address
13802 Pumpkin Hill Road
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Phone: 904-696-5980

Email: michael.strivelli@dep.state.fl.us
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