Boneyard Beach is strewn with skeletons. Some rise out of the sand, half buried; some merely sprawl atop it. Some of their limbs oddly twist, while others arch into the sky, ramrod straight.
It’s one of the most unique beaches in the world, it’s a little creepy, and it’s strangely beautiful.
No, I haven’t lost my mind. Did I forget to mention the dead are dead trees?
You’ll find this wonder at Big Talbot Island State Park (State Road A1A North, Jacksonville, Florida 32226, 904- 251-2320), just a splash north of Jacksonville. Enter the Park about a mile south of the main entry, and take the beach access trail (Blackrock Trail), which winds through the forest parallel to the beach.
It’s the most delightful walk with the dead you’ll ever enjoy!
Boneyard Beach facts: Live oaks and cedars, some century-old, grow on Big Talbot’s dunes. As the dunes erode, the trees tumble onto the beach below. Like driftwood, they are a protected resource that offers unrivaled beauty. The trees' remains also provide shelter and food for coastal wildlife.