Duval at a Glance
|Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach|
|Popular Spot||Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach|
|Sandy Beaches||15 miles|
|Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail||12 sites|
|State Parks & Lands||Acres|
|Big Talbot Island State Park||1,679|
|Fort George Island Cultural State Park||802|
|George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier (Nassau)||109|
|Little Talbot Island State Park||1,795|
|Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park||3,967|
|Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park||2|
|Fort Clinch Aquatic Preserve (Nassau)||77,000|
|Fort Caroline National Monument||138|
|Bays & Inlets|
|Mayport Basin, Chicopit Bay|
|Rivers & Paddling Trails|
|St. Johns River, Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail segment (Jacksonville), Dutton Island Preserve Paddling Trail, Dutton Island Paddling Trail|
Duval County is jam packed with beach accesses with fifteen miles of coastline. Jacksonville, Duval County's largest and most well known city, is area wise the largest city in the United States. This county is predominantly urban with a large metropolitan atmosphere.
The cities of Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville Beach are the main coastal cities along the shoreline. These cities provide an abundance of public beach access along with a multitude of beach related activities such as surfing, beachside bicycling, fishing, boating and seaside dining. The St. Johns River in the interior of Duval County provides ideal recreation opportunities for boaters and sailors.
Jacksonville's coastline is mainly coastal strands and sandy beaches. Wood storks, eastern indigo snakes, Macgillivray's seaside sparrows and gopher tortoises can be found in Duval County. Within interior portions of the county, along the St. Johns River, manatees can be seen during the winter months.
Archaeological evidence suggests that Duval County was inhabited by indigenous people dating back to over 2500 years ago. These archaeological excavations can be viewed at Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Duval County was established in 1822, and has many historic buildings.
Arts and culture are very important aspects of Jacksonville's character. The city has many galleries, museums, and live concerts. Since 1979, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival has occurred annually and gathers crowds in the tens of thousands. Jacksonville is also an ideal getaway for travelers who enjoy fine dining.