While I was out collecting photos for my website, I realized again that Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is a true gem for the residents of Jacksonville and the Beaches. Located just on the Atlantic Ocean in Atlantic Beach, Hanna Park can be found on State Road A1A, just south of the Mayport Naval Station. At Hanna Park, you can pick a spot for the numerous outdoor activities along the 1.5 miles of white, sandy beaches. Relax with a good book, play in the surf, or bring your fishing gear, kayak, or canoe to paddle around the 60-acre freshwater lake.
There are many campsites, picnic tables, grills, and pavilions available for use (some of these require reservations and a fee). During the summer months, your children can splash at the waterpark or stay dry on the well-equipped playground. I suggest taking a hike on the miles of hiking and biking trails that wander through lush, green forests. The bike trails are quite challenging with several single track paths (and I have the bruises to prove it!). You’ll quickly realize that Hanna Park is the perfect place to feel like you’re miles away from civilization while being only minutes away from the city.