Fort George Island Cultural State Park and National Park Kingsley Plantation lie approximately 9 miles South of Amelia Island on S.R. A1A, or three miles south of Little Talbot Island State Park. The park contains several distinct periods in human history. During the early historical period Fort George Island was known as Alicamani. It was the location of the village of Alicamani, a major village of the Timucua chiefdom known as the Saturiwa. Timucua influence is noted by the presence of middens, large mounds that are compiled of massive quantities of shells and discarded food byproducts. On Fort George Island, the shells were primarily oysters. The island was later home to the Spanish mission of San Juan del Puerto, the primary mission to the Saturiwa.
The parks are free and open to the public for hiking and exploring. For a nominal fee, tours are available through Ecomotion Tours.
Beauty in Big Talbot & Little Talbot Islands
Sunshine & warm weather showcased The Talbot Island State Parks. They were Beautifully manicured & preserved to display their natural beauty, historical plantation & Clubhouse. Delicious food options were available at the Ribault Club. Take time to visit both Big Talbot & Little Talbot Islands Parks to enjoy their diverse ecosystems as well as miden mounds. Camping is conveniently available thru Florida State Parks.
Good for quick stop off
There's not much open there now during Covid. You can walk the grounds and pick up brochures with interesting information but the building are closed. So I'd not bother to stop unless I was already in the area.
A beautiful walk through history
With a historic resort, a beautiful plantation home and miles of scenic views, this was among the most annoying state parks I've visited.
Historic and Picturesque
The pathway and location is on beautiful grounds! It is tucked away
in a unique location and the history here is very interesting.
A History That Evoked Reflection
I am happy that I took the time to visit Fort George Island and the Kingsley Plantation. The paved road into the complex transitioned into a rough impacted dirt road with quite a few pot holes. I did enjoy the Kingsley Plantation and the opportunity to learn of conditions and lifestyles from hundreds of years ago. The enslavement of Africans to work this property was hard to imagine, but in reality, it did happen.