Description - Open 365 days a year from 8 A.M. to sunset, Fort George Island State Cultural Site is conveniently located to Jacksonville, Florida. It is a wonderful day use facility highlighting bicycling, hiking and shore fishing in St. George River. The site is both visually attractive and historically rich.
- Moss-draped laurel and live oaks provide a lush canopy for visitors to Fort George Island, home to another of the units in the Talbot Islands park complex. The island has been occupied continuously by man for over 5,000 years, and traces remain of each occupation period. Several plant species occur far beyond their normal range on the island. Mount Cornelia, at 54.7 feet, is one of the highest points along the Atlantic coast south of Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Bicycling or hiking along the island's roads and trails, one can hear the echoes of the island's history.
Recreation - Present day use of the island is mostly recreational. There are miles of trails for biking or hiking. There are several locations for the shore-bound angler to wet a line. Depending on the season bird watching ranges from quite good to excellent, with the Rollins Bird Sanctuary occupying most of one end of the island. There is also a self-guided tour around the island known as the Saturiwa Trail, which can be followed after obtaining a guidebook at the Ribault Clubhouse on Ft George or the ranger station on Little Talbot.
Climate - Summers in northeastern Florida are hot and humid with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Summer temperatures average in the low 80's Fahrenheit (27 - 28 Celsius). Mild winter temperatures average below 52 degrees Fahrenheit (below 11 Celsius). Freezing temperatures are infrequent but windy conditions are common. The average precipitation for the northeast area is between 52 and 56 inches per year. Light, loose fitting clothing is recommended in spring, summer and fall. Layered clothing is recommended for winter. Biting insects are common throughout the year and are especially heavy from late April through early June.
Fort George Island State Cultural Site lies approximately 16 miles east of downtown Jacksonville on S.R. A1A, or three miles south of Little Talbot Island State Park.