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Little Talbot is just over a small bridge to Amelia Island via A1A. Inside an ecological reserve with kayakable waterways stretching for miles.
My visit was at the end of February, beautiful breezy nights with no bugs. Super relaxing, nice to camp under Spanish Moss for a natural Florida feel. Because you’re on the Atlantic coast in FL, flash showers happen - so just have the rain fly handy and it’ll pass typically pretty quickly. Fun to pull up the weather map and watch the showers roll in - had wifi from the site but don’t know if that’s always the case, seems unlikely.
Had campsite 6 with one neighbor in 5, both are a quick walk to shower house but I think I’d prefer/recommend sites 7-10 to be more away from the bathrooms. Btw, showers and bathrooms very clean and (bonus!) screened in, plus there’s a big fan in case it gets buggy out.
I agree with one of the past reviews re: some road noise, but nothing that kept me awake at all.
Take the walk across the street to the trails and beach, about a 4-5 mile loop. Or just up the road on bike you’ll be on bike trails throughout Amelia Island - stop in at the Omni Hotel property for a bite. Also close by, don’t miss Fernandina Beach (a leisurely drive of about 25 min.) where you can check out the fort and historic downtown - super cool with some good food and beer options. Photogenic town right on the Georgia line but no bridge so it’s boat only to get across.
Last, just a little plug for the FL State Parks annual pass. Supports a good cause and will motivate you to check out some really cool areas of the state. Camp more too.
For those who work and travel like us, on Speedtest at 9am on a Friday: Verizon via iPhone 12 - 28 mbps down and 17 mbps up; T-Mobile via Nighthawk MR1100 - 29 mbps down and 39 mbps up. For the campground itself, I like it. It’s different enough from State Park campgrounds. Our site was on the inlet beach. The sites aren’t private but for some reason I just don’t mind it here. Mind you, it was on a weekday and it was in the 60s midday, so summertime might be different. Showers are super clean. They must have fixed the hot water issue someone previously mentioned as us two girls took our showers directly after two other women and the water was steaming hot the whole time. There’s a naval base right across the St. John’s River. There are loud helicopters flying around a lot, which if I was on vacation wouldn’t phase me at all. Though it is something to consider if you take work calls. There’s lots of bird activity - in fact one of neighbor campers came here to go birding. Other contextual info: we are in a van, no dogs.
Verizon 5 bars 4G LTE, T-Mobile 3 bars 4G LTE
This is an amazing place to camp and explore! Safe area to park your car before taking the ferry to this enchanting island. The island is 13 miles long so it takes a while to explore everything it has to offer. The beaches are beautiful, the Gullah culture is eye opening, the old mansion is quite nice…there so many things to do here. You can also rent kayaks from the hosts and drop them in just down the road. The campground is breathtaking with nice showers/bathrooms, with a couple covered shelters and a communal pavilion and campfire ring. There are outlets under the pavilion as well as a couple of fixed grills next to it. I highly recommend this quaint lil island!
This city campground is staffed with friendly and personable folks who seem to love there jobs and this park.
Most camp sites are located along a busy channel across which is a Navy shipyard so you see military and freight watercraft coming and going. In addition, military helicopters fly fairly low overhead well into the night. I love all things aviation including the fighter jets that also made appearances two of the days I stayed here, your experience may differ. As campgrounds go, the amount of noise from these machines is somewhat unusual.
The beach is long, beautiful and the dunes are populated by an assortment of sea birds, herons, pelicans, terns and gulls among others. They put on quite a show.
The lettered sites are a 5-8 minute walk from the bathrooms and showers which are clean and well lit. The numbered sites are clustered closer to the bathrooms with a more undisturbed view of the bay and dunes. Sites 23-26 have the best views. All sites have fire rings with cooking grills (nice!) Picnic tables and electrical power. Many sites are not level.
There's a surprisingly well-stocked nature center with interesting exhibits for all ages. Definitely worth spending time in.
A multi use trail links the park to Amelia Island making it possible to hoof or bike there and leave your rig at the site. I'm told it's a 10 mile trip.
Definitely worth a stay if you like your nature delivered with a heaping dose of military industrial sights and sounds.
This is a lovely state park with lots to do, wish we could have stayed long to enjoy everything - hiking, boating fishing, etc. Our RV spot #58 (full hook up) was very spacious with plenty of room and foliage between sites so didn’t feel crammed in. We were here in February so didn’t experience any bugs and it was very quiet and just RV people for the most part. The grounds were clean and well maintained. The bath house near us was clean and modern and had four separate accessible private bathrooms with toilet, sink, and shower so it would be easy for families to take all the kids in at once. There was also a nice laundry area in this building. We would definitely go back if in the area again.
We stayed here this weekend and had a blast. The campsites are located walking distance to the water. It wasn’t at all crowded and the campsite had a decent amount of privacy. Dogs are allowed at the campsite but not on the beaches or coastlines. Fernandina Beach is a cool town with tons to do! We stayed at an RV site with power and water. Bathrooms were clean and well maintained. We are already planning our next trip here (without our dogs).
One of those places that makes you feel blessed to live in the South East. Literally in the middle of no where while still being a reasonable drive from Central Florida. Some campsites were small some did not have great drainage. Those are the cons. We had site 48 and from what I saw it was the best in the park. Get there early rent a boat prices are reasonable we saw easily over 50 gators swimming and sun bathing all around us. The sky here is amazing too. A must visit.
After going camping with the Boy Scouts we decided that we liked camping so we bought a 10-person tent and the first place we went was Little Talbot Island which is close to home. The campsites are small but they are in between the tree so you can't see your neighbors. The bathrooms were close by and clean, the only drawback was that the beach was across the street and quiet a walk. Once you make the hike to the beach it's absolute Heaven. There are not very many people, the beach is beautiful whitish sand. water is clear, it was very enjoyable to spend the day at the beach. Of course at the end of the day it rained.