Castaway Island Preserve

4.645 Votes Currently Closed
  • Address: 2885 San Pablo Rd. S, Jacksonville, FL32224, United States
  • Timings: 07:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-9042513537
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Island, Trail, Walking Area, Family And Kids, Water Sport, Fountain, Picnic Spot

This preserve covers a 300 acre preserve that offers mesmerizing views of salt marshes and tidal creeks. Amenities include picnic tables and grills, water fountains. Apart from this there are also launching sites for canoes and kayaks, a tide meter and an aviary. The place is also perfect for walking trails.

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  • Castaway Island Preserve Address: 2885 San Pablo Rd. S, Jacksonville, FL32224, United States
  • Castaway Island Preserve Contact Number: +1-9042513537
  • Castaway Island Preserve Timing: 07:00 am - 08:00 pm
  • Best time to visit Castaway Island Preserve(preferred time): 11:00 am - 02:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Castaway Island Preserve: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 4.7% of people who visit Jacksonville include Castaway Island Preserve in their plan

  • 95% of people start their Castaway Island Preserve visit around 4 PM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Castaway Island Preserve


95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Castaway Island Preserve

People normally also visit Museum Of Science And History while planning their trip to Castaway Island Preserve.

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Castaway Island Preserve Reviews & Ratings

  • Nice area to enjoy the outdoors in Jacksonville. Can't believe it took me this long to find it, it really is a hidden gem! Small but nice pier to get to the water, offering some fishing access. Good spot to put in kayaks, canoes. Ample parking, really nice hiking trails (all paved, handicap accessible), great views, picnic tables and grills, nice signage, and some wildlife to encounter. Trash cans and such were a little full, otherwise it was a great place to go, can't wait to go back!

  • Nice park. The trails are paved/boardwalk, and just about a mile total, so very family friendly and perfect for little kids. The trail is interactive and educational for kids. Also a small fishing dock. Beautiful views of the salt marshes. Good spot for bird watching if you have patience. Clean park! Only complaint is the public bathrooms did not have toilet paper or working hand soap- please make sure bathrooms are clean and stocked for visitors!

  • Such a nice little escape from the city within the city. Its tucked away a bit and offers different trails and scenery. Great place for pictures and to discover birds and animals. It's quiet and I've even come just to park my car and enjoy some lunch. Its kept up pretty well and can be busy at times.

  • This is a 300 acre preserve along the San Pablo River. The paths and trails take you around a marsh so if you go in the summer you may be eaten alive by bugs. We were there in January so were not bothered. We also did not see any snakes or gators which I believe you may have to look out for in the summer. The paved trails, natural trails, and boardwalks (and some overlooks) are very easy to walk and it's not very long at all. The paved path is an interpretive trail for the kids (and the kid at heart like me) with different critter footprints painted on them. I only guessed one of the footprints correctly. They also offer a kayak launch so you can explore the marsh if you want to. The education center was closed when we were there so I'm not sure what it offers. The only critters I saw were 2 great egrets but that was good enough for me.

  • My grandson loves going to Castaway to fish and catch crabs. It’s a great way for the two of us to bond and make great memories. I just wish that they would empty the cigarette butt containers more often, so that people can actually use them(not me)and empty the trash containers on a regular basis. There are homeless guys that hangout there but, they are harmless and polite. Go fish, walk, kayak or take great sunset photos. Have fun.

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