Visit one of the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast that covers a 46,000-acre area and was designated by Congress in 1988 to protect the complex salt marsh/estuarine ecosystem and historic and prehistoric sites between the lower St. Johns and Nassau Rivers. Public lands within the Preserve are administered by the National Park Service, the State of Florida, the City of Jacksonville, and the United States Navy. Discover 6,000 years of human history and experience the beauty of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks.
For more information, click here: http://www.nps.gov/foca/index.htm
Park in the Timucuan Preserve/Fort Caroline National Memorial Visitor Center parking lot. We will then hike out to the bird observation platform and back, for a total of about 2.5 miles. To view the area trail map, click here: http://www.nps.gov/timu/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=107089.
We will meet at the Panera Bread at 4403 Roosevelt Blvd to figure out carpooling needs. The drive to the hike will be about 40 miles round trip and we will share the cost of gas. Bring bug spray, water, and maybe a snack.
If you prefer to meet us there, get directions here: http://goo.gl/maps/kt8kn. The address is 12713 Fort Caroline Road. We should arrive there around 9:15am.