Florida is known for it’s sunny, vibrant, and downright envious beaches, but what about the lesser-known gems? The beaches that are pretty in a darker kind of way, ones that feel brooding and eerie? If you’re looking for a different kind of Florida beach experience, then Black Rock Beach is definitely a place you’ll want to add to your travel list.

Found on Big Talbot Island State Park, the thick slabs of black rock will make you feel like you’re stepping across a Hawaiian volcano, while the bleached skeletons of massive driftwood trees make you feel like you’ve just walked into a Salvador Dali painting.

The black volcanic rock-like formations are surprisingly not rocks at all, but unique soil formations. They’re actually quite soft and are home to hundreds of tidepools containing miniature marine life ecosystems.

The skeletal driftwoods have been eroded by the sea, and while they make for many a pretty picture, they’re much more than just decoration.

Even in death, they continue to protect their living tree families on the bluff by dispersing winds and waves to prevent further erosion from taking the coast.

Be sure to take only photos of these gentle giants, however, because they’re a protected feature of this Florida beach.

Low tide is definitely the best time to visit because the volcanic-looking formations will be exposed from beneath the waves, offering an otherworldly landscape.

With their black coloring and corroded texture, it could easily pass as a volcanic Hawaiian beach.

If you follow the sound west, you can continue to explore the remains of the eerie and beautiful driftwood beach.

The deep holes off the various points make for great fishing spots, too.

Hiking eastward will bring you to the mouth of Simpson’s Creek, with wide sandy beaches that are frequented by nesting turtles and shorebirds.

Wherever you go, Black Rock Beach on Big Talbot Island is full of beauty to explore.

Black Rock Beach

Price: $3 parking

Address: Black Rock Beach Jacksonville, FL

Why You Need To Go: Get a different Florida beach experience and check out the natural eerie beauty of Black Rock Beach!


We 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.


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