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Cedar Point to Kingsley Plantation

 
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Trail Description

Length: 4 miles round trip

Put in/Take out: Cedar Point Boat Ramp.
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 first traffic light east of State Highway 9A and turn left onto New Berlin Road. On New Berlin Road, travel approximately 3.8 miles and turn right (east bound) at the “Y” intersection onto Cedar Point Road Travel 6 miles on Cedar Point Road. Launch is a dirt ramp on dirt road to left before end of pavement.
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. On New Berlin Road, travel approximately 3.8 miles and turn right (east bound) at the “Y” intersection onto Cedar Point Road. Travel 6 miles on Cedar Point Road. Launch is a dirt ramp on dirt road to left before end of pavement. No fees. No restrooms, food, water, or phone. Access to Cedar Point Creek, Horseshoe Creek, Hannah Mills Creek, and the ICW.

Route: Horseshoe Creek to Sister’s Creek (ICW). On a high tide, go east straight away from the boat ramp, and a shallow arm of the creek will take you to the ICW. If less than a high tide, go right to the south arm of Horseshoe Creek that goes south and east to the ICW. On the ICW, go north approximately 0.7 miles to Channel Marker #72. Turn east into the Ft. George River. Be careful not to turn east too soon or you will be in the smaller Garden Creek. Ft. George River is over 600 feet wide. Garden Creek is only 200 feet wide at its mouth and quickly narrows. Paddle east on Ft. George River approximately one mile to Kingsley Plantation on the south bank. Paddle past the wooden bulkhead located in front of Kingsley, to the sandy beach. This sandy area is the only place along the shoreline without oyster beds. Tour the plantation and retrace your route back to the Cedar Point boat ramp.

Highlights: Cedar Point and Kingsley Plantation are both sites of historic and cultural interest.

Trail extensions: Continue east on the Ft. George River, approximately 1.5 miles past Kingsley Plantation to Ribault Club. Landing/launch area is a sandy beach. Water and rest rooms are up the hill at Ribault Club. Turn around at Ribault and return to Cedar Point.