This park attracts large numbers of birds and people. There are
Atlantic beaches and dunes, the jetty near the mouth of the St.
Johns River, and a long spit of sand jutting out into the Fort
George inlet. This area is known as Ward's Bank by the birders who
come out to see the thousands of terns and gulls that congregate at
the northern tip of the spit.
Winter offers excellent birding, when it is possible to see
dunlins, black-bellied plovers, western sandpipers, willets, ruddy
turnstones, sanderlings, and American oystercatchers at the
interior lagoon. Offshore, look for northern gannets, horned
grebes, red-breasted mergansers, and common loons.
State of Florida and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, leased to the
City of Jacksonville
Take Interstate 95 in Jacksonville north to Heckscher Drive.
Go east for about 19 miles (1.5 miles past the Mayport Ferry slip)
and turn right at the blinking yellow light.
Other North East
Florida Wildlife Sites