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Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park
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13802 Pumpkin Hill Road
Jacksonville, Florida   32226

Phone: 904-696-5980
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/kayak launch accessible by a 500 foot portage to the marshes. Located off I-95 or 9A, head east on Heckscher Drive. 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.
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.

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.



Green-------.75 mile-------20 minutes

Blue--------1.3 miles------30 minutes

Yellow------1.7 miles------35 minutes

Red---------3.1 miles------60 minutes

Purple------3.7 miles------80 minutes
Nature Programs
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.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 9 Interpretive Program with Rangers by Silvermane
park review stars; one to five I went to an Interpretive Program and found it very informative. The Ranger talked to us about fire management and controls used. This was my first time at Pumpkin Hill. The trails are more for horse riding but we walked some just to be away from it all. There is a kayak launch area as well. Had a wonderful day in nature
June 1 Trails are not for hiking.
park review stars; one to five Trails are poorly marked and are nothing more than fire breaks. What you see in the first 100 yards is what you will see for the next 2 miles.
October 23 Not for biking or hiking
park review stars; one to five the trails are terrible, deep sand, horrible bugs just a big palmetto area that has been deforested. Great views of the marsh from Tiger-Betz Park and a nice park area but the trails are also very, very sandy.
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Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park on our hiking trails, pavilions, paved park roads, parking lots and multi-use trails. They must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times and can not be left unattended for more than a half-hour.

From I-95 or 9A, exit Heckscher Drive east. Turn north on New Berlin and then east on Cedar Point Road. Continue on Cedar Point Road approximately 10 miles and turn north on Pumpkin Hill Road. The parking area for the main trailhead will be on the left side of the road. Further up on the right is the kayak hand-launch area.

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