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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 It flourished until around 1940, when it was superseded as a day-trip destination by the larger American Beach in nearby Amelia Island.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 Plan my day in Jacksonville using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • This park is a hidden gem! We camped here for one week in our RV. Our site was private and shaded, and large! The beach is a short walk away, as is the lake. 
    This park is a hidden gem! We camped here for one week in our RV. Our site was private and shaded, and large! The beach is a short walk away, as is the lake.  more »
  • Love going to this beautiful park! The beaches are very clean and there's not a whole lot of people. Drove through to see the campground rv parking area and it just looked really cramped in there... 
    Love going to this beautiful park! The beaches are very clean and there's not a whole lot of people. Drove through to see the campground rv parking area and it just looked really cramped in there...  more »
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  • My company sent me to the Jacksonville area to build 2 building. I enjoy living in my travel trailer instead of strange hotel rooms. I had to get special permission to stay at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Campground for an extended period of time. My entire stay was great! This campground is easy to get in and out of and it's very quiet and nicely wooded. The office staff is very helpful and nice. There are many camp hosts who are also very helpful. The camp store is well stocked. This campground is very secure with night guards and two gates requiring an access code. I've also stayed here in the past with my family and friends, we love it! Thank you to all the staff for making my stay great. The price is right too!!!
  • Hanna Park has a little something for everyone. Nice, quiet, serene areas to camp and get close to nature. Nice trails to walk or bike. Easy access to the beach. Bring your boat, fishing poles and fire wood. Restrooms are clean and tidy. There is plenty of shade of you want to just sit under a tree and read a book or relax. Nice and inexpensive family get-a-way.

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