Julington-Durbin Preserve

The city of Jacksonville, which is co-owner with the district and agency lead on recreational activities at Julington-Durbin Preserve, has closed the property to public access effective March 13. According to a city news release, all city parks are closed until March 31. Information about city parks is available at www.timucuanparks.org/park-closures

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About this property

The preserve is a natural oasis among the urban areas of Jacksonville and St. Johns County, located on a peninsula formed at the confluence of Julington and Durbin creeks. The peninsula is a long sandy ridge that transitions into floodplain swamp and marsh along the creeks’ shores, protecting approximately nine miles of shoreline along the two creeks. Natural communities consist of sandhill along the higher areas near the center of the peninsula and flatwoods at the lower elevations. The preserve contains extensive floodplain wetlands, providing water quality and floodplain protection for both creeks and the St. Johns River.

In addition to the protection of water resources, the property also protects several historical and cultural resources in the area, as documented by Florida Division of Historical Resources. For security of those resources, they are not identified.

One of the special highlights of this property is the ephemeral wetlands located within the sandhills that provide seasonal habitats for species such as dabbling duck species and salamanders. Another special feature is the creek at the end of the red trail. In the fall, the conservation area is especially beautiful with the myriad of native wildflowers that bloom in the sandhills.

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. Known wildlife at the preserve include bald eagle, osprey, gopher tortoise, bobcat, turkey, deer and numerous species of wading and songbirds. Manatees seasonally swim in both creeks.

Recreational activities
  1. Hiking, picnicking, horseback riding, bicycling, fishing and nature study.
Access

Public parking and access is off of Bartram Park Boulevard. For details and to get driving directions from your location, see the Google Maps link on this page.