Natural Jacksonville: Cedar Point

Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city without actually leaving the city? A trip to Cedar Point on Black Hammock Island may be in order.

Ruins of the former Fitzpatrick Plantation house.

Located on the south tip of Black Hammock Island, Cedar Point is a part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Maintained by the National Park Service, a trip to Cedar Point allows visitors to see a large plot of undeveloped land, lived on for centuries, in its natural state. Once home to the Mocoma, since the 18th century, Cedar Point has been the site of a Spanish Mission, antebellum era plantation and early 20th century fish camp. Consisting of approximately 400 acres, Cedar Point is also a great destination for hiking, bird watching, fishing, kayaking, boating, paddle boarding, fresh air and simply getting away from the city. Featuring interpretive markers, restrooms and picnic tables, Cedar Point is a part of the 7 Creeks Recreational Area, which includes more than 30 miles of natural surface trails through diverse ecosystems.

Cedar Point Road connects Black Hammock Island to the mainland.

Cedar Point is located at 9023 Cedar Point Road. Traveling from Interstate 95 or I-295 East Beltway, exit at Heckscher Drive and drive east. Continue on Heckscher Drive about one-fourth mile to the next traffic signal at New Berlin Road. Turn left at the traffic light and follow New Berlin Road to the intersection with Cedar Point Road (a triangle intersection). Turn right on Cedar Point Road and follow it bearing to the right at Black Hammock Island, continue on Cedar Point Road to the end of the road.

A photo tour of Cedar Point

The ruins of Buddy’s Fish Camp on Horseshoe Creek.

An interpretive marker highlighting the location and history of Buddy’s Fish Camp. Buddy’s operated at the end of Cedar Point Road from the 1920s to the 1990s.

Oysters in Horseshoe Creek at low tide.

7 Creeks Trail connects Cedar Point Road and the Horseshoe Creek Trailhead with the 7 Creeks Recreational Area Bridge, Pumpkin Creek and the City of Jacksonville’s Cedar Point Preserve.