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Explore the Timucuan Trail State & National Parks  
 
   
 
 
Pumpkin Hill Creek

 
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TRAIL DESCRIPTION

Length: 2 miles to the south or a variable distance northward

Put in/take out: From Jacksonville: From I-95 or SR 9A, exit to Heckscher Dr/ SR 105. Follow northbound signs for Heckscher Drive (actual direction is easterly). Proceed to the first traffic light east of State Highway 9A and turn left at New Berlin Road.
From Amelia Island - South on A1A past Amelia Island Plantation toward Jacksonville, over Nassau Sound bridge, past Big and Little Talbot Island State Parks, go 18 miles, turn right at New Berlin Rd.
From either direction, once on New Berlin Road, travel approximately 3.8 miles and turn right (east bound) at the “Y” intersection onto Cedar Point Road. Proceed east on Cedar Point Road for 4.7 miles and turn left (north bound) onto Pumpkin Hill Road. Proceed to end of road and park. Near the end of the pavement, look for a series of bollards and a grassy trail to the right. The crushed shell launch area is located approximately 200 yards from the road. Carry your boat or use dolly wheels to the launch area. There are no entrance fees, water or phone. Portable toilets and trash cans are available.

Route: Upstream/south – you can paddle southward to the highway bridge over Cedar Point Road on a high tide. If tide is less than “high”, you will be forced to halt your progress about one half mile short of the bridge.
North to Tiger Point, approximately 2 miles from the launch, on the west side of the Creek. A small sandy area (unimproved) provides a landing place for kayaks and allows access to the hiking trails in the city-owned Betz-Tiger Point Park.

Highlights: There is very little development on either side of the creek. On low tides the number of wading birds is usually high. Eagle and osprey nests are located in the area and opportunity to observe either species is good. Pumpkin Hill creek offers outstanding kayak fishing especially on falling tides.

Trail extensions: At Tiger Point, Edwards Creek branches off from Pumpkin Hill Creek to the west. Paddlers can continue westward for several miles to explore various creeks and open water areas. Another extension is to continue north on Pumpkin Hill Creek about 5 miles until it joins the Nassau River.