Posted in Florida
December 23, 2021
Even if you’ve lived in Florida all of your life, there likely are many hidden pockets of nature that you have yet to explore. After all, with so many options to get out into the great outdoors, it might seem like the opportunities are endless. Over on the oceanside, however, there is a beautiful place in Jacksonville known as Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, which is quite rare for the area. But what many guests fall in love with at this park is the fact that you can enjoy a 2.7-mile loop hike through the coastal hammocks, before taking a dip at the little-known beach.
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Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park in Jacksonville is 447-acres of true natural beauty off the coast of the Atlantic.
Part of what makes this park so rare is the fact that it is filled with wildlife – acres upon acres of the mature coastal hammock, which is very rare along the heavily developed Atlantic coast.
The park was named after famed Florida scholar Kathryn Abbey Hanna, who served on the board of Parks and Historical Places as a member and chairperson from 1953 to 1963. Kathryn Abbey Hanna was a huge advocate for the protection of Florida’s natural spaces, especially within the state park system.
One of the best ways to really get a feel for the park is through hiking the trails, one of which is the four-mile Hanna Park South Trail.
This trail, which has been rated as good for all skill levels, will take guests on an adventure through the wooded areas, past small streams and bogs, and under the shade of a maritime hammock.
Just make sure while you’re hiking you observe the difference between the designated hiking and biking trails. Hiking trails will have a stenciled letter “H” on some trees, or simply a hiking signpost.
Then after you’re finished hiking the trails, and you’ve worked up a good sweat, head on over to the little-known beach and dip those toes in the Atlantic!
The 1.5-mile beach is not only perfect for swimming, walking, and enjoying some sunshine, but it also has become a premier place to catch some surf, too.
Anyone who doesn’t want the adventure to end there can also check out the camping options within the park. There are primitive sites available for tent campers and cabin rentals as well.
Check out this hidden gem beach after a hike through nature within the Kathryn …….