Timucuan Ecological & Historical National Preserve
By Patricia Collier, Owner, FloridaPets.net
One of the most beautiful national parks in the country is only about 15 minutes from downtown Jacksonville and it's also hospitable to pooches.
Timucuan Ecological & Historical National Preserve was named after the Timucua-speaking Indians who once lived in Northern Florida. Encompassing 46,000 lush acres off Fort Caroline Road, the Preserve includes Kingsley Plantation, where the main house and slave's quarters are still standing, and Fort Caroline National Memorial, which features the history of France in Florida. The entire park is an ecological haven and photographer's dream come true.
Dogs are permitted at no extra charge in Timucuan's outdoor areas and on the various trails winding throughout the property, unless signs dictate otherwise. To make sure the Timucuan Preserve stays pet friendly, dogs must be carried, or walked on six-foot leashes, and their humans must be responsible for clean up duty at all times.
The Timucuan Preserve is open seven days a week, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. Admission is free. Special family-friendly activities will be planned throughout 2011 and pets will be permitted at most events held outdoors. For general information, call(904) 641-7155, or use the contact form on the National Park Service website to make inquiries.
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