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Located on the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, which also houses Kingsley Plantation, Fort Caroline National Memorial aims to tell the story of the French colonial presence in 16th-century Florida. In addition to short walking trails, the site also houses a visitor center with exhibits detailing the preserve's natural history and environment, European exploration and settlement, and the Timucua Indians. There is also a scaled-down replica fort that was built in 1964 and is based on historic drawings of the original French fort.
Past visitors applauded the impressive St. Johns River views and the scenic nature trails found at Fort Caroline.
Access to Fort Caroline National Memorial is free. It sits about 13 miles northeast of downtown Jacksonville. The facilities and grounds are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, visit the official NPS website.