Boneyard Beach (Florida)

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Boneyard Beach

Boneyard Beach is a mile-long beach in Big Talbot Island State Park, near the city of Fernandina Beach, Florida, south of Amelia Island down the First Coast Highway.[1] The "boneyard beach" is so called because of the bleached skeletons of oaks along the beach.[2] By coincidence park archaeologists have also found fossilized mammoth bones on the beach nearly as big as the trees.[3] Big Talbot's Boneyard Beach is not recommended for swimming but is popular with photographers.[4][5][6] The beach lies beyond a 20-foot bluff.[7]


  1. ^ Lonely Planet USA 2014 ed. Regis St Louis, Amy C Balfour - 2014 "... the pristine shoreline at Little Talbot Island and the 'boneyard beach' at Big Talbot Island State Park, where silvered tree skeletons create a dramatic landscape. Both are south of Amelia Island down the First Coast Hwy. "
  2. ^ The Smithsonian Guides to Natural America The Southeast--South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida Michal Strutin, Harry Middleton, Tony Arruza 1997 Page 77 "The boneyard beach is so called because the felled live oaks, their massive outspread arms bleached silver, look like a mile-long ..."
  3. ^ Michal Strutin Florida State Parks: A Complete Recreation Guide 0898867312 2000- Page 62 Scoured by sand and tides, they lie as huge, silvery sculptures on what is called a "boneyard beach." Park archaeologists have found real bones nearly as big as the trees on this beach: the fossilized remains of the Florida mammoths that ...
  4. ^ Fodor's Florida 2014 0770432573 Big Talbot, with its Boneyard Beach of wind-twisted trees,is not recommended for swimming but is a photographer's paradise. .
  5. ^ Popular Photography - febr. 2007 - Page 34 "FLORIDA: A GUIDE TO NATURE AND PHOTOGRAPHY by John Netherton (Cumberland Valley Press, 1990). Out of print ... HIGHLIGHTS: Boneyard Beach is littered with tree skeletons. "
  6. ^ Blair Witherington, Dawn Witherington Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas 1561644900 - 2011
  7. ^ Darren L. Smith, Kay Gill Parks Directory of the United States 2007- Page 384 "Centuries of wind and water have created a 20-foot bluff along the shore, and the park's famous boneyard beach is ..."

Coordinates: 30°30′11″N 81°26′59″W / 30.5031°N 81.4497°W / 30.5031; -81.4497