Beach Day at Blackrock Beach on Big Talbot Island

Florida Blackrock Beach Trailhead

  • Activities:

    Cycling, Chillin, Camping, Photography, Running, Swimming, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    0.5 Miles

Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Swimming Hole

Big Talbot Island seems to be one of Jacksonville, Florida's best kept secrets. The area is very desolate, while this state park offers an abundance of things to do, including hiking and biking trails, fishing and plenty of beach to roam.

Venturing along the industrialized highway leading to Big Talbot Island will have one wondering how there could be any hope for a natural experience on the outskirts of Jacksonville. However, just 14 miles from the busy interstate, Big Talbot Island has plenty of hiking and biking trails, fishing holes, camping spots and areas for water sports.

The quarter of a mile Blackrock Trail takes visitors through the woods, thick with palm fronds and oaks, to an incredible beach decorated with huge, twisting drift wood. The giant trees lying lifeless on the beach with roots stretched up towards the sky make for an eerily picturesque atmosphere. It almost feels as though you're wandering through a boneyard. The driftwood offers a natural playground for climbing and balancing.

There is a fairly small, steep drop off that you climb down (or slide down the sand) to reach the beach, but if you can walk out to it, I have confidence you can make your way down.

Be aware of the tide, though, because this can prevent you from being able to explore as far as you might like. The state park has the tide schedule posted at the entrance of Little Talbot Island, which is just three miles from the parking area for Blackrock Trail.

During the winter and fall, this is a secluded and beautiful place to walk and fish. Sea sports, such as kayaking, swimming and kite-boarding can also be exciting things to do on Big Talbot Island in the summer and spring.

Pack List

For a day trip to Blackrock Beach, you really only need the basics.

  • Camera
  • Flip flops are fine for this hike (and you'll probably want to put your feet in the water!).
  • Bring a picnic lunch for a neat dining experience on the beach.
  • Bring your bike to utilize the paved bike trails around the island.
  • Parking is right off of the road and costs $3. It is run on an honor system. There is a box for your payment and a tag to hang in your vehicle.
  • If you're looking to camp on Big Talbot Island, primitive camping and RV and tent camp sites, as well as cabins are available for a fee. You can reserve a spot here: floridastateparks.org
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Easy and short hike to the beach. Steep steps down and you are on this unique beach. You'll weave through and climb massive driftwood trees all along and in the water. Mind the tide and don't step on the green rocks.

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over 1 year ago

Amber LockeStoryteller

My friends call me a hippie. My family calls me a nomad. I like to think of myself as a modern day transcendentalist. I am in absolute love with nature, exploring and meeting new people along the way.

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