Boardwalk to the beach at Little Talbot Island State Park

Little Talbot Island State Park contains most of the surface area of one of the last undeveloped barrier islands in northeastern Florida. The property is a mix of maritime hardwood and pine forest, undisturbed tidal salt marshes, desert-like sand dunes and five miles of sandy white Atlantic Ocean beach. The island is still pretty much the way General James Oglethorpe found it when he named the Talbot Islands after Charles Baron Talbot, Lord High Chancellor of England, in 1735.

The fishing is excellent, and you might even come across river otters, bobcats and marsh rabbits as you hike around looking for a good place to drop your line. Depending on the season, the population of native and migratory birds can be huge.

Little Talbot Island State Park offers hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking, surfing and camping in a full-facility campground: 40 sites with water, electric, fire rings and picnic tables for tents, camp trailers and up-to-30-foot-long RVs.

Little Talbot Island State Park is open from 8 am to sunset every day of the year. Admission fees: $5 per vehicle to a maximum of eight occupants; $4 for single occupant vehicles; $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists and extra passengers. Camping fees: $24 per site per night (plus tax), includes water and electric. Little Talbot Island State Park is located on State Highway A1A about 17 miles northeast of downtown Jacksonville.

Little Talbot Island State Park is part of the Talbot Islands State Parks group: Amelia Island State Park, Big Talbot Island State Park, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park, Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park and George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park.