Spring is almost upon us in the Sunshine State, and locals and tourists alike are already looking for new and exciting ways to enjoy the fresh air and lower temps (while they last). There’s no better way to get back in touch with nature than to treat yourself to a good hike — and Florida is full of amazing spots to explore. Cedar Point, on the southern tip of Black Hammock Island on the Timucuan Preserve National Park in Jacksonville, is one such place.\nFlorida has a rich history that you can still find remnants of today, such as plantations, slave houses, and even Indian midden mounds.\nCedar Point isn’t just a cool place to hike, it’s like traveling back through time to see what Florida looked like 200 years ago.\nConsisting of about 400 acres, Cedar Point is free to explore, and visitors can wander through the upland hammocks and salt marsh habitats by both land and water.\nAnd if you’re really tapped into your adventurer’s spirit, you can even find some of the 19th century Fitzpatrick Plantation Ruins.\nThe tabby wall ruins are all that remains of the plantation built by William Fitzpatrick in 1795 on Cedar Point, and it’s not the only ghostly ruins that reside on the Timucuan Preserve National Park.\nView this post on Instagram #bikeyourparkday 🚴🏻♀️🌴🐍 “In the 1990s, Cedar Point was incorporated into the 46,000-acre Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. The National Park Service cut trails through Cedar Point in the next 15 years, but they didn’t advertise it. Compared to other areas in the preserve, like the hiking trails in the Theodore Roosevelt Area, Cedar Point is stunningly isolated and unvisited. The rangers are tight-lipped about where to find the ruins, though the largest and most visible ruins are open to a trail a mile past the end of the pavement of Cedar Point Road” Fun times with my @iamspecialized_wmn ambassador and dear friend @jackie_bikes for @sorba_main #jax . . . . #hiddengem #florida #history #fromwhereiride #fueledbyketones #whatsworthit #iamspecialized #openroadbicycles #dirtygirls #pruvitresults #iphoneshots #fitzpatrickplantation #volunteer #trailwork #trailawareness A post shared by ℓ€ɨ$ą (@runhearttri) on Sep 29, 2018 at 3:21pm PDT\nThe Fitzpatrick plantation was sold to the Broward family in 1848, and later became part of the preserve in the 1990s.\nThe NPS even has a kayak guide available to help you find it and other notable points of interest.\nOther sites on the preserve include the Thomson House and the Kingsley Plantation.\nView this post on Instagram Slave homes 1800’s. Some we made of seashells. It’s amazing how far architecture has come. #architecture #futurearchitect #mommythearchitect A post shared by Breanna Heinz (@mommythearchitect) on Aug 8, 2019 at 12:48pm PDT\nReaching the Fitzpatrick tabby walls can be challenging, but thankfully, some seasoned adventurer recorded the exact GPS coordinates for future explorers to use.\nAfter arriving at the Cedar Point Boat Ramp parking lot, visitors can follow the start of the path from there. Eventually, you’ll come across a sign outlining the Cedar Point hiking trails.\nView this post on Instagram Remnants of an old plantation house. #ruins #nature #hiking #florida #Jacksonville A post shared by Jessica (@jesalynlee) on Feb 6, 2016 at 10:38am PST\nAccording to directions from the aforementioned adventurer, Barbara Stevenson, "The quickest way to the ruins is to follow the blue marked route (not the red) and keep left each time it forks. It is about 0.8 of a mile to the ruins."\nThe ruins lie in a maritime forest, so be sure to use bug spray, wear covered shoes, and be prepared to walk about two miles total.\nExploring this sliver of the past might just be worth the hike!\nCedar Point Fitzpatrick Plantation Ruins\nPrice: Free\nWhen: Open year-round\nAddress: GPS Coordinates: N 30°26.633 and W 81°27.700 (Cedar Point Boat Ramp Parking Lot), N 30°26.524 and W 81°27.931 (ruins)\nWhy You Need To Go: Take a refreshing hike through the woods and explore some Floridian history.\nWebsite\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.