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Duval at a Glance

Coastal Cities
Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach
Popular Spot Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach
Sandy Beaches 15 miles
Public Accesses 112
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
Federal Lands Acres
Fort Caroline National Monument 138
Kingsley Plantation 20
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.

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Last updated: October 22, 2014


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