Discover the nature of things at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. Located on the sandy shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the park boasts sunny beaches, freshwater lakes, and wooded campsites.
Soak up the Florida sun along 1.5 miles of sandy beaches or swim, sail, fish, or surf in the Atlantic Ocean. Lifeguards supervise all oceanfront water activities during the summer and concession stands offer snacks and soft drinks.
Hanna Park's 60-acre freshwater lake is perfect for fishing, kayaking, paddle boats, and canoes. Lakeside picnic tables and grills are available, and scenic trails surround the lake and wind through the lush green forest. The lake area includes a quarter-acre water playground with colorful fountains and playful water-squirting devices.
Discussion: This city-run park also provides access to the Mayport Naval Station Beach which extends northward about 1.5 miles to the south St. Johns River Jetty. Crossing onto the Navy controlled beach in the past was no problem. However, with the advent of the "war on terrorism" the beach is well guarded and only those possessing appropriate identification will be permitted to enter. The park is a popular weekend destination and during the summer months can become quite crowded.
Shelling: Mayport Naval Station Beach and the northern portion of Hanna Park are two of the most productive shelling areas in the county. But like other northeast Florida beaches, it can be a hit-or-miss proposition (i.e. some days are very productive while on other days the beach can be devoid of shells). The best shelling is 2-3 days after a "northeaster" or other similar rough seas. The area known as "The Poles" can be especially productive due to a sea bottom/current anomaly which also produces the waves craved by the surfers. Some collector's items which can occasionally be found are Triplofusus giganteus (Kiener, 1840), Oliva sayana form citrina Johnson, 1911 and albino Busycotypus canaliculatus (Linnaeus, 1758). The surfing Auger, Hastula cinera salleana (Deshayes, 1859) are quite prolific during the summer months while March/April are the prime months to collect Epitonium. Eleven Epitonium species have thus far been collected here. Don't overlook beached marsh grass which can yield a treasure trove of small crabbed specimens. One such tangle collected during 2000 yielded an amazing 3,952 shells representing 59 species. See: A Remarkable Catch There are no restrictions on the collection of live shells. Because of their proximity to the St. Johns River shipping channel, these two beaches are "renourished" about every two years during channel maintenance - an event which has a disastrous effect on the living mollusk population.
Fishing, Beaches, Swimming, Camping, Off-Road & Road Bicycling, Shell Collecting, Nature trails, and local attractions.
Amenities offered at this park: 47 Benches, 4 Bike racks, 2 Bleachers, 293 Camping Facilities, 178 Car Parking, 1 Concession Stand, 344 Grills, 1 Pedestrian Docks, 17 Picnic shelters, 192 Picnic Tables, 12 Playground Equipment, 12 Restrooms, 2 Shuffleboard, 20 Trails Unpaved (Miles), 85 Trash Barrels, 2 Volleyball, 1 Water Feature, 1 Water Features, Drinking Fountain, Fishing Available, Perimeter Site Fencing, Security Lighting Yes Visitor/Interpretive Center
For reservation information, please call (904) 249-4700.
$20.34 Tents / $33.90 RV / 33.90 Cozy Cabins
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Reviews of Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
Reviewed by TurtleLove on March 3, 2010
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This is a huge maze of a park that was lacking the camping feel for us. The weekend we were there it was very noisy with lots of kids yelling and dogs barking really late into the night. With temperatures almost at freezing having troubles with the power pole on our site was a little more than inconvenient as it couldn't power a small heater for the tent. Their solution...to move us across the road at 11 pm? Not very helpful since we thought simply running a power cord to the empty site next to us was more convenient for all since it was empty. Not a camp we will go to again.
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Reviewed by Mongoose on June 30, 2009
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Campground is very big, well shaded, with lots to do on the beaches or the local attractions. Very nice off-road bicycle trails at the campground and nearby as well. We stayed in the cozy cabin it it was very nice. The city park rangers were not that helpful though, and have attendances to ignore you. The city of Jacksonville could make some improvements in that department, but other than that, not a bad place to camp.
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