Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is different than most parks you find in Jacksonville. Hanna Park offers RV sites, tent camping sites and cabins. There are also lakes, trails, and parks. But, the best part has to be the 1.5 miles of quiet beaches along the Atlantic Ocean that is dog friendly.
This Park is one of the busier ones in Jacksonville, FL. The entire park is huge and they have hundreds of parking spots throughout the park. We first visited the beach, and we were the only car parked in that particular section.
The entrance fee is $3 per pedestrian and bicyclist or $5 a car. If you want to go camping here there is a $20.30- Tent Camping Fee, and a $33.84 RV Camping or Cozy Cabins Fee. For a full list of their park fees Click Here
The entire park seems to be dog friendly including the beach! The State Park website says that all well-behaved dogs are welcome in designated areas but must be on a 8 foot leash.
The main reason we decided to check out this park was because the beach was listed as dog friendly. We never had the opportunity to bring our dog to the beach before, and we were very curious to see if our dog would enjoy it. We parked at P7, and there was no other cars parked in that parking lot. It was a decent walk from the parking lot to the actual sand, and the sand was pretty hot so I picked up and carried my dog until the sand got colder. Ace (our dog) isn't really a big fan of water but he had a blast running through the sand and toying with the tide as it came at his feet. We spent a little over an hour just running up and down the shoreline before just soaking in the sun for the next 30 minutes. There were very few people at the beach and only one other dog. The only rule is that you have to keep your dog on a leash at all times which wasn't a problem.
Not going to lie after 2 hours at the beach we were completely worn out. We had paid $5 to get in however, and we were atleast going to get a small hike in and drive around the rest of the park to see what other stuff we needed to checkout next time we came. We decided to take the Scout trail which is only .25 miles and only took a few minutes however we promise to checkout the Hiking Loop which is 2.6 miles and wraps around the lake, and write a new blog about that trail in the upcoming weeks.
We would love to hear advice for this hike or about this park in general for our next visit in the comments below!