St. Johns County has the river along its western borders and offers several parks and boat ramps for access. There are several privately-owned businesses, too. County Road 13 along the river, designated the William Bartram Scenic Byway, is a pleasant drive. Traveling north, one passes through historic areas such as Tocoi, Picolata (est. ca. 1700), Bass Haven, Colee Cove, Wards Creek and Orangedale.
Where to Eat and Sleep
Outback Crab Shack at Six Mile Marina, 8155 CR 13 North, St. Augustine 32092. Call 904-522-0500.
Trout Creek Marina has a boat ramp, bait shop and campground on Trout Creek. The location is 6550 SR 13 North and mailing address is 52 Tuscan Way, Suite 202-170, St. Augustine, FL 32092. Phone 904-342-2471.
County Parks and Recreation Areas
St. Johns County's parks on the St. Johns River:
Alpine Groves Park, 2060 SR-13, St. Johns - Kayak/canoe launch, passive riverfront park, picnic pavilion, playground, historic house (closed to public) and citrus packing sheds, rest rooms.
Riverdale Park, 980 CR-13 South - Riverfront park with large live oak trees, covered picnic tables with views of the river, boat ramp, rest rooms. Paddlers can launch using the boat ramp.
Trout Creek, 6795 Collier Road - community center, passive park, nature trail, picnic area, playground, pavilion, boat ramp, rest rooms. Paddlers can launch into Trout Creek using the boat ramp, then turn left (west) to join the St. Johns River.
Riverfront Park at RiverTown, County Road 13, St. Johns - 50 acre park with a fishing pier, nature trails, restrooms.
St. Johns County's boat ramps on the St. Johns River:
Palmo Road Boat Ramp, 8600 Palmo Fish Camp Road, St. Augustine (CR-13 South of SR-16).
GPS Lat. 29 degrees 58'01.66" N Long 81 degrees 34'02.48" W
Riverdale Park Boat Ramp, 981 CR 13, Fruit Cove (CR-13 South of SR-214)
GPS Lat 29 degrees 49'28.89" N Long 81 degrees 33'11.40" W
Trout Creek Park Boat Ramp, 6795 Collier Road, Orangedale
GPS Lat 29 degrees 59'04.70" N Long 81 degrees 33' 48.37" W
St. Johns River Water Management District Conservation Lands
Paddlers can launch into Deep Creek at the SR 207 bridge, just south of the SR 206 intersection. On the water, go right (north) on Deep Creek to join the St. Johns River.
St. Johns River Blueway YouTube channel
St Johns River Alliance
2029 North 3rd Street
Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250
(904) 247-1972 x 414