Exploring Little Talbot Island
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Shore birds.
Many sandpipers, whimbrels, turnstones, gulls, and terns are regularly seen along the beach.
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    Little Talbot Island State Park is part of Florida's "The Talbot Islands GEOPark", which include Little Talbot Island, Big Talbot Island, and Ft. George Island Historical and Cultural Site.
The material on this page is copyrighted 2001 by C.Kling and is from the forthcoming book "Discovering North East Florida on the Trails".
   
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     Little Talbot Island is one of the NE Florida's barrier islands, providing protection for the highly productive salt marshes behind the islands. (Ft. George Island is the only barrier island that is more southern than Little Talbot, as a small piece of it sticks out below Little Talbot to become the end of these barrier islands that stretch from the Carolinas through Georgia into NE Florida .) There are about five miles of wide sandy beach backed by sandy dunes on the Atlantic Ocean. The center of the island is wooded, and the west side is tidal marsh. Read the hiking section to learn more about the dunes and the woods.
     Swimming, camping, hiking, fishing, and boating are some of the possible activities on Little Talbot Island.
     NOTE: There is an entrance fee to this park.( at my last visit: $3.50 per vehicle )



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      Hiking:   A leisurely walk of about 4 miles exposes you to several of the habitats of the island. The walk starts near the the entrance station and immediately enters the maritime forest, or oak hammock. This firt half of the walk is shaded from the sun, and is cooler even in the hotter parts of the year. (However, there are bugs busily buzzing and biting, so bring repelant!) The variety of trees and other flora provide a pretty passage. Various animals, including armadillo, rabbits, birds (a great place to bird-watch during migration), and an occasional bobcat are among those species on the island.
     After a while you emerge from the woods into the dunes. The sea oats and other vegetation grow on and stabilize the dunes to help hold them in place during times of high wind and water errosion. These dunes are also the transition zone between the beach and the maritime forest.
     The remainder of a typical walk is south along the beach back towards the picnic area and parking lots. After a storm there are numerous shells and other objects exposed on the beach. Many species of shorebirds, gulls, terns, pelagic birds, and other varieties can be seen on this part of the walk. Dolphins, and occasionally Right Whales can be seen just out past the surf zone. The entire walk is between 4 and 5 miles, about half each in the maritime forest and on the beach.
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