Castaway Island Preserve, Jacksonville

#3 of 14 in Wildlife in Jacksonville
Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Castaway Island Preserve is located along the Intracoastal Waterway and is adjacent to an intricate salt marsh ecosystem that is ideal for spotting marshland wildlife. Visitors may stroll along the Preserve’s wooden boardwalk, take in a view from an observation platform overlooking the waterway, walk along the kid friendly interpretive nature trail, use the kayak launch to explore the marsh, and explore the theaterstyle education center during scheduled programs.
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  • Tucked into a neighborhood right off of the majorly busy Beach Blvd, this park has a short 1-mile trail especially suited for children. There are animal footprints and signage that entice children to....  more »
  • We really enjoyed our walk in Castaway Island Preserve. The views were great and the wildlife was cool to see. Lots of birds and fish. Saw tons of people fishing. Good time.  more »
  • 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.

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