While this segment covers one of the largest urban areas in the state, paddlers will find vast stretches of marsh, islands, beach and coastal forest in prime condition. Helping drive the effort to save environmentally sensitive lands, the City of Jacksonville founded "Preservation Project Jacksonville" in 1999. The project has already acquired more than 50,000 acres.
After a nine mile narrow stretch, the ICW widens at the Hwy 202 Bridge and becomes more natural looking, with numerous tree islands, tidal creeks and unbroken expanses of marsh. It is here that you'll be in the Northeast Florida Blueways, a scenic network of island preserves, tidal creeks and salt marshes along the ICW from Atlantic Beach to South Jacksonville Beach.