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Thanksgiving 2006 was spent at Little Talbot Island State Park (127.6 miles), one of my favorite parks.  By the time I made reservations, the only site available for 5 nights was for tent camping.  I had no trouble parking the Westy GTRV under the low hanging limbs of the large trees.  By positioning the van in the space, the top fit nicely between the branches.

I took the 3-speed bicycle, but not the electric bike (waiting for new batteries) or the Pakboats Puffin kayak.  The kayak would have been an excellent choice, since Myrtle Creek by the campground was very inviting during high tide, during which time biking on the ocean beach would have been difficult.  I was worried about the sharp oyster beds.

The paved bike path is several miles long, with a shelter and air pump at the far end.  Plenty of native flora and some fauna.  Easy biking with very low hills, but sometimes strong winds.

sign  Bike path at entrance 

Little Talbot Island

bicycle path at entrance

walking stick  Armadillo 

Walking Stick


At low tide the beach could be biked for miles.  There are several boardwalks accessible to the water.

boardwalk to beach  ramp to beach 

Boardwalk to Beach

Ramp to Beach

waves  surfing 



This is the first time I tried the 4.1 mile Island Hiking Trail.  The entrance sign says to sign in at the ranger station before doing the trail, but I just wanted to bike it a bit.  The sandy trail and dunes required a lot of walking with the bike the first 2.4 miles.  I met a group of several older couples returning on the trail.  They said the tide was too high for them to negotiate the hike on the beach back to the first boardwalk - 1.7 miles.  By the time I reached the ocean, the tide was low enough to use the beach trail.

Island Hiking Trail  beach at end of trail 

Island Hiking Trail

Beach at end of trail

beach at low tide  shipwreck 

Beach at low tide

Shipwreck on beach

Biking down the beach to Fort George River inlet is fun during low tide.  When the wind is up, the parasails are all over the river from Huguenot Memorial Park on Fort George Island.  The beach often has interesting shells and wildlife.  The State Park has more than five miles of white sand beaches, dunes, and sea oats.

bottom of island  parasail 

Bottom of island


parasail  jellyfish 



boxfish  horseshoe crab 


Horseshoe Crab

horseshoe crab bottom  flying pelicans 

Horseshoe Crab bottom

Flying Pelicans

dead gannet 

Dead Gannet

The sunsets on Myrtle Creek in the campground were beautiful.  The Kingsley Plantation on Fort George River was in the distance across the creek.  This looked a nice paddling destination, but a fisherman in a kayak was returning at low tide and the oyster beds made a bit of maneuvering necessary.  He did have a nice catch of fish.



Kingsley Plantation  Myrtle Creek 

Kingsley Plantation

Myrtle Creek

fisherman  rough oyster beds 


Rough Oyster Beds

There was also a one-mile nature trail next to the campground through a coastal hammock of live oaks, palms, cedars, and pines among the dunes.  At high tide, parts of the trail are under water.

nature trail  nature trail 

Nature Trail

Nature Trail

red berries  red leaves 

Red Berries

Red Leaves

On the way back home, I stopped at Fort Clinch State Park on Amelia Island.  A new visitors' center was under construction.

Fort Clinch  fishing pier and jetty 

Fort Clinch

Fishing Pier and Jetty

flounder  birds by jetty 


Birds by Jetty

dead pelican  ghost crab 

Dead Pelican

Ghost Crab

new visitors' center  old visitors' center 

New Visitors' Center

Old Visitors' Center

Each day I biked about 8 to 14 miles and walked 10,000 to 26,000 steps.  Total miles driven - 283.5

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