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Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville

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Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is a 1.5mi public beach and city park in Jacksonville, Florida. It is located at Mayport in the Jacksonville Beaches area. It consists of 447acre of mature coastal hammock, which is increasingly rare to find along Florida's heavily developed Atlantic coast.
Part of what is now Hanna Park was formerly Manhattan Beach, Florida's first beach community for African Americans during the period of segregation in the United States. around 1900s by blacks working on the Florida East Coast Railway. At its height the beach included amenities such as picnic pavilions, cottages, and an amusement park. It flourished until around 1940, when it was superseded as a day-trip destination by the larger American Beach in nearby Amelia Island.
In 1967, 5acre of land for the park was donated by Winthrop Bancroft, who required that the land be named for Kathryn Abbey Hanna (November 8, 1895 – 1967, a Chicago-born educator and author who had settled in Florida and served on the board of Parks and Historical Places.
Following the Jacksonville Consolidation, the area became part of Jacksonville. The city purchased the surrounding property in the 1970s during the administration of Mayor Hans Tanzler, expanding the park. The first general purpose trail was constructed by Michael Long in 1987 as his
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  • We are new to the RV world and found this place quite by accident during a COVID getaway from Raleigh! Lovely old Florida feel, not fancy but great access for beach, biking and hiking in cool spring....  more »
  • Beautiful, awesome park. Miles of beautiful beaches. Great hiking and mountain biking trails through the woods. Lake with nice children's splash park. $5 entry fee. But a beautiful park and is worth the cost. Lots of outdoor activities
  • We camp at the park twice a year visiting family in the area in June and again in December. With the lake on one side of the park and the ocean on the other side there is plenty to do at the park - Camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, bike riding, or just relaxing at the camp site. There are picnic tables and fire pits at each site. It is so peaceful and relaxing. Everyone is so nice and helpful. A store is located on the property which has everything you need in a pinch. Love it!!!

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