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Florida Guide > State Parks

Yellow Bluff

Yellow Bluff Historic State Park is situated in North Jacksonville. This park is quite small and encompasses only one point three acres on the north side of St John River. The terrain varies from flat to gently rolling and is all sand.

Yellow Bluff is the one to choose for those of you interested in the American Civil War since it had a pivotal role to play in the hostilities between the Confederate or Union armies.

The Yellow Bluff Fort was erected by the Confederates in 1862 in order to protect the access to Jacksonville from the Unionists.

In fact, to call it a fort is actually a misnomer since it should more accurately described as a fortified camp that was furnished with large guns.

The decision by the Confederate commander of East Florida to build the fort was key in ensuring the passage of goods to Jacksonville and to halt the invading Union troops. The latter was not entirely successful as during the war both Confederates and Unionists occupied this site.

At one point, this area was occupied bt 350 men and mant different groups of soldiers guarded Yellow Bluff.

You can now visit this historic State Park for absolutely no charge and soak in the atmosphere. The park over looks the flood plain of the St John River.

The pleistocene sediments are a relic of the ice age when the sea levels dropped. This phenomonam also formed the sandy ridges.

Before the pleistocene era was the Cenozaic and mesozaic times. If you go back 85, 000000 years the sea level was an amazing 150 feet lower than it is today. This also allowed the Florida platform to emerge.

At this time the climate varied wildly. During the pleistocene era the carbonate and silisiclastic sediment formed.

This era lasted from 16000000 to 4000000 years B. C.

This park is very quiet and peaceful and apart from a couple of picnic tables there are no facilities. That means that you must take all you think you may need with you

It will add to your pleasure if you do a little reading around the Civil War before you set off.

There is no charge to enter this park and there are several nearby parks to visit including Fort Clinch State Park, Anastasia State Park and Big Talbot Island State Park. This park is open from 8. a. m. to sunset

Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park
12157 Heckscher Dr.
Jacksonville, Florida 32226

Phone: 904-251-2320

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Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks
12157 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32226

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