Little Talbot Island Hiking Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mayport, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until April.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
72 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

washed out

no dogs

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful serene forest combined with spacious beach and good weather made for a sweet day! Park to be commended for well supplied and clean bathrooms and friendly gate personnel. It costs to get in.

2 months ago

My husband and I just finished up this trail. We enjoyed it especially the beach hike which was new to us. It rain most of the day which made the hike more bearable since we got a late start. Mosquitoes were not bad but probably because of the heavy rains. We did the trail backwards which I highly suggest for this trail. Take lots of water and some fruit or protein bars for sugar, the sun will take it out of you (again if you start late LOL). Will definitely do this again but it wasn't long enough. Needs to be 8 or 10 miles.

hiking
3 months ago

Start along on the beach and finish in the woods. Nica easy beautiful hike

5 months ago

Loved this trail! This trail is a really nice mix of trees and beach. Literally, half the trail is flora/fauna and the other is the ocean. Watch out for large spider webs. Make sure you wear sun screen and bug spray.

7 months ago

Apparently we missed 70% of the trail because the trailhead wasn’t visibly marked and the map provided by park service wasn’t much help either. We are avid hikers, for the record, and found this to be very confusing. We ended up walking on the beach for 2 miles and walking the 2 miles back to our vehicle on the bike path. This was very unpleasant. The beach was beautiful though, and extremely quiet. We found beautiful seashells and enjoyed this portion of our walk immensely.

hiking
7 months ago

Tons of mosquitos on this trail. They can get to the point of unbearable. Also don’t go on high tide as some of the trail might be submerged. This trail has potential but the mosquitos can be a serious problem.

hiking
8 months ago

I don’t think it was a moderate hike it was pretty easy but it was gorgeous!

8 months ago

not very well marked once you get to the beach, but the driftwood area is very unique

8 months ago

Bring bug spray or you'll be keeping a quick pace.

9 months ago

Easy to find, easy parking, trail is clearly marked and I brought my dog anyway

9 months ago

beautiful hike, reminds me if the Outer Banks at the beach

hiking
10 months ago

Very easy trail with awesome views of driftwood and the ocean after half way through. I hiked it in November and still needed plenty of mosquito repellent. Came from SC and didn’t think being that close to the beach it would be necessary.

hiking
10 months ago

A great little hike and beautiful scenery. As a bird lover, I like that there were no dogs allowed; it was very peaceful and we didn’t have to worry about rouge dogs bothering us or the sea birds on the island. Perfect day.

11 months ago

Such an amazing place and be sure of to stop by the driftwood boneyard!

walking
11 months ago

little Talbot is not pet friendly at all. dogs cant go on the beach what so ever. this was a bust for us and we had to plan another hike.

hiking
Sunday, October 29, 2017

Hiked in late October. Very nice setting, with a long stretch of the hike is walking along the beach which made for a unique hike! However Mother Nature made it a little unbearable with the swarming bugs in the wooded section of the hike. I may be back in the colder months but this was the worst bug situation I’ve dealt with on a hike.

hiking
Friday, October 27, 2017

Nice easy trail. Bug spray is a mist!! Nice to have a couple of miles in woods then a couple of miles on the beach. Hard packed sand so it is easy to walk in shoes.

hiking
Friday, October 27, 2017

Oct 25. We found it enjoyable. It was swarming with mosquitos though. Also, halfway down the 4 mile trail we hit a dead end ( so we thought ) where driftwood and debri from Hurricane Irma greatly obstructed the path onto the beach. We carefully trekked over it and onto the beach rather than turning back. The beach contrasted wonderfully with the somewhat monotonous hike through the wooded area and it was a nice haven away from the mosquitos. We got back to north beach as the sun was setting. All in all, it was a great time however, I will not be doing it again until it cools down a bit more (bye bye blood suckers) and the beach access to the trail is cleared.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

We did this trail over the holiday weekend. It is a pretty diverse trail as half of it is in the woods while the other half is along the beach shore. Parking was not a hassle, which is always nice as well ($5).

Let's start with the woods half. The other people who wrote reviews and I are not joking when we say... take your bug spray!! It's like the Amazon out there (never been but that's what I imagine). There wasn't much to see though, so this portion can be done fairly quickly.

The beach half of this trail is the much more enjoyable. There is drift wood along the coastline, which is different from any other beach hike I've done.

Overall, the trail is average, but the shoreline makes it a lot better. My recommendation would be to start at the beach portion of the loop and only do that :)

Sunday, July 02, 2017

I started from the beach and hike the shoreline a couple miles. There were a lot of shells and driftwood along the shore. The trial then cuts into the forest for the remainder of the trail. I saw a huge turtle along the trail as well as sand dunes and lots of bugs. You definitely want to bring bug spray on this one.

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

Good trail. Bring Deet and come after high tide... Beautiful forest canopy over ancient dunes to a unspoiled and wild beach.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A very special person took me there this past Memorial Day. Beautiful hike with a great payoff when you reach the Beach.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Great place to see the real Florida!

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Not well marked but is a nice wide trail. Started with the wooded part. A little confusing once you reach the beach...you can either proceed back along the beach or retrace your steps on the trail (which is shadier). Nice elevation changes. Beautiful views of the beach. Not a significant amount of traffic.

hiking
Monday, February 27, 2017

Nice hike overall. I would suggest starting on section in woods and then to beach. Coming down from beach, the trail entrance is very difficult to find. I found a complete sand dollar so my my hike was very satisfying.

hiking
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Lots of bugs in the wooded part of the trail but the beach was beautiful.

hiking
Sunday, January 22, 2017

This is a beautiful walk through the woods to the ocean, with a lot more changes in elevation that you usually see in Florida thanks to all the sand dunes. You're definitely going to want to bring a heck ton of bug spray though -- we treated our clothes and put on some deet before we went out and the mosquitoes were still almost unbearable. But once you get out to the beach, they're not a problem anymore. It is really awesome being in the woods and hearing the ocean as you get close! Once you're actually out on the beach, there's a lot of washed up driftwood that looks really neat, and plenty of birds. As others have said, when the tide comes in it washes out part of the trail (this part of the trail is right at the northern-most part of the beach).

Monday, November 14, 2016

It was a beautiful hike. Just make sure you go during low tide, or you won't be able to complete the loop

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Another beautiful state park and beach. And late October was a great time to visit...fewer people and bugs.

trail running
Monday, July 11, 2016

Loved it! Just track the tides

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