The Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville Florida is a vast 46,000 acre park that includes nature trails, remnants of a plantation, a 1920's era golf course, and a memorial to France's failed New World colony.
The Theodore Roosevelt Area of the park offers a glimpse of five different Florida ecosystems. Nature trails wind through mounds of oyster shells left by the native Timuccuan Indians, and observation decks overlook salt marshes where visitors can see wood storks, great blue herons, and ospreys, as well as an array of seasonal wildlife. There are several recreational kayak routes as well as public
docks and boat ramps in the preserve that provide a view of plants and animals that are not visible from land.
If You Go
In order to navigate the marshes via kayak you must understand the area’s currents and tides. Check the tide forecast before you enter the waters.