Jacksonville Sports and Recreation

Recreational and serious anglers alike will want to visit Jacksonville Beach Pier while in Jacksonville. The pier, which is 1,320 feet long and 20 feet wide, provides ample space for individuals wanting to fish, or take in the views of the beach and Atlantic Ocean. The pier is also accessible to visitors with physical disabilities. Anglers have caught approximately 25 types of fish from the pier. Among the features of the pier are a concession area, bait shop, bathrooms, and several areas to clean fish. Rod and reel rentals are also available on the pier for people traveling without their own equipment. There is parking available at the pier, however, spots tend to fill up quickly due to the neighboring restaurants and nightclubs.

Several surf shops are located in and around Jacksonville. The many shops not only sell surfing equipment and apparel, but also provide lessons and equipment rentals for visitors to the Jacksonville area. Lessons are not limited to surfing. Shops also offer lessons and rentals for stand-up paddle boarding, body boarding, skim boarding, and ocean kayaking. With their own or rented equipment, visitors can take part in these water sports at Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Neptune Beach, which are all a short drive from downtown Jacksonville.

Jacksonville offers many options for people looking to walk, run, and hike. In addition to the countless sidewalks and streets located in the city, Jacksonville is home to largest urban park system in the United States. Many trails are available for people of any experience level. In addition to the city parks, there are numerous areas for walking, running, and hiking that include the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve with access to beaches and the Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail.

Road cyclists and mountain bikers have plenty of options in Jacksonville. There are many bike rental shops located within the city and surrounding area. The numerous city parks have marked trails and paths for cyclists to utilize along with the city streets. Those wishing to mountain bike while in Jacksonville should visit Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. There are two beginner trails along with three advanced trails for mountain bikers to try their hand at.

People interested in getting outdoors and taking advantage of what nature has to offer are able to find a number of camping areas in and around Jacksonville. Various types of camping from primitive sites to RV hookups are available at area parks.