Fort Caroline National Memorial

The Fort Caroline National Memorial preserves the memory of an ill-fated group of French colonists in Florida. After sailing from France in 1564, the men, women and children created a colony and established relations with the local Timucua people. Less than two years later, the colonists had either died, been taken captive by Spanish soldiers or sailed back to France. During your visit to the memorial, you can explore recreations of a Timucuan Village and Fort Caroline and imagine life in the turbulent 1500s. Explore the network of hiking trails that wind through the memorial, or rent a kayak and paddle past the fort and village.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Fort Caroline National Memorial

Fort Caroline National Memorial sits on a spectacular stretch of well-preserved Florida wilderness. The recreated historic sites are the main attractions, but you'll also find plenty of outdoor fun. Hike the trails through the memorial and the adjacent Timucuan Preserve and Theodore Roosevelt Area. The backwaters near the memorial are calm and easy to paddle, so you may want to rent a canoe or kayak and launch from the various boat ramps in the park.

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How To Get To Fort Caroline National Memorial

The fastest way to reach Fort Caroline National Memorial is on I-295, which forms a ring around the Jacksonville metro area. Get off on FL-116 south of the St. Johns River and head east. Turn left onto Fort Caroline Road and drive about three miles until you see the entrance on the left side of the road.


12713 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225

Fee: Entry fee $0

Packed with historic sites, Fort Caroline National Memorial is a great spot to learn about Florida's remarkable past. Make the most of your time in the region's spectacular foliage and forests by visiting in an RV. Excellent local campgrounds provide access to the memorial as well as local beaches, hiking trails and waterways.