Timucuan is a national park site in northern Florida near Jacksonville. The park is named after the Native Americans who once lived in north Florida and south Georgia and preserves several different features of natural and historical significance. The park is on the Atlantic coast and contains a series of wetlands through which small rivers meander. Visitors can roam these areas on various trails that explore the different ecosystems that make up the park. The park also contains Fort Caroline National Memorial, which celebrates the attempted French outpost near the site. The fort was taken over by the Spanish just a few years later, and was eventually abandoned. It is unknown where the original fort stood, but the national park service has reconstructed the fort near what is thought to be its location, so visitors are able to see approximately what the fort would have looked like. Kingsley Plantation preserves a bit of more recent history, although not too recent-the plantation is supposedly the oldest in Florida. Visitors are able to visit the plantation house, as well as the remains of some of the slave houses and other structures of the plantation. We weren’t able to explore Timucuan as much as we would have liked, but we did get to experience both aspects of the park, the natural and the historical.
Timucuan is the perfect demonstration of why we love the National Parks-it contains both nature and history. We recommend visiting Timucuan and also suggest checking out some of the other national and state parks in the area, such as Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and Little Talbot Island State Park.