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Thomas Creek Conservation Area


5,540 acres. This property is jointly owned with the state of Florida and the city of Jacksonville.


The property is located in Duval and Nassau counties along Thomas Creek, west and northwest of the Jacksonville International Airport.


This property borders more than 10 miles of Thomas Creek — the largest tributary of the Nassau River. Expansive areas of floodplain swamp comprise a large part of the conservation area. Most of the upland acres are located on the portion of the property that straddles U.S. Hwy. 1/U.S. Hwy. 23. Almost half of the property is a wildlife management area.

Wildlife viewing:

Please respect Florida’s wildlife and use caution while visiting district lands. These are wild animals. For your safety, do not approach or feed any wild animal. Typical wildlife viewed on this property include white-tailed deer, raccoon and turkey.

Wildlife Viewing Hiking Horseback Riding Biking Hunting
Recreational activities:
  1. Recreational activities include hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, hunting and wildlife viewing. more info
Restrictions: more info

To ensure public safety and environmental protection, the following are not allowed:

  1. Removal of plants and animals, or archeological or historical/cultural resources
  2. Trapping devices
  3. Off-road vehicles

The main parking areas are located on both sides of U.S. Hwy. 1/23, approximately 5.5 miles north of the I-295 interchange in northwestern Duval County. An additional small parking area is located on the north side of Acree Road, west of Old Kings Road.

For more information:

Call the district’s Bureau of Land Resources at 386-329-4404.


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