Nocatee Landing Paddle Launch opens


St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department recently announced Nocatee Landing and Nocatee Landing Paddle Launch are now open to the public. Nocatee Landing features an open-air pavilion with views of the river, bike racks, ample parking and solar-powered public restrooms as well as a non-motorized water vehicle launch for canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards with access to the Intracoastal Waterway. Swimming is not allowed, and a temporary sign cautioned visitors that the area is subject to tidal changes and strong currents.

Residents and visitors are invited to use the brand-new St. Johns County greenspace from dawn to dusk for fishing, photography, exercise, walking dogs, picnicking and other activities. Smoking, skateboarding, and feeding wildlife are prohibited.  

“St. Johns County Parks and Recreation is excited to open the new Nocatee Landing access in Nocatee Preserve,” said Doug Bataille, director of St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department. “This includes 1,630 acres of protected land along the Tolomato River, which provides access to an unparalleled section of the river and will increase access for outdoor enthusiasts from all over the county.”

The site is located at 2015 Nocatee Landing Trail at the base of the southern trailhead of Nocatee’s Preserve, adjacent to the Tolomato River, in Ponte Vedra. From Nocatee Parkway, head south on Crosswater Parkway about 3 miles to a roundabout. Take the eastern exit of the roundabout onto Nocatee Landing Trail. The road is paved for 0.7 miles, then continues as a gravel road for another 1.2 miles to the Landing.

For more information, call Doug Bataille, St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Director, at (904) 209-0324.