The first time my family drove to Goffinsville Park, we completely missed the dead end road it’s hidden on. I’m so glad we turned back around and found it.
This large park off Nassauville Road in Fernandina Beach — well, technically, the small community of Nassauville — is perfect for families. It has a great playground set on a spongy, turf-like surface (read: your kid won’t just be throwing mulch at other kids the whole time). There are slides, lots of features to climb, even a little hopscotch court. Best of all, it’s surrounded by trees, making it one of the region’s rare shaded playgrounds.
But the playground is just the beginning.
The park also has paved walking trails that wind through the woods on its 19-acre site. There are covered pavillions with panoramic views of the water. We love to wander onto the boat slip or the fishing pier to watch for manatees in an area where the “sea cows” are so common, there are signs warning visitors to watch for them. I’ve also seen dolphins in the river here. And parents with children still in diapers need not worry: the park has restrooms equipped with changing tables within easy reach of the playground.
Believe it or not, Goffinsville Park even has its own Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goffinsville-Park/147692701911538.
If you go
The park’s address is 95001 Goffinsville Road. Since we had so much trouble finding it the first time, here are directions:
If you’re heading east on SR 200 toward Fernandina Beach, you can take a right on Amelia Concourse. Turn right when the road comes to a T at Old Nassauville Road. If you’re coming from Fernandina Beach, take a left on Old Nassauville Road. You’ll pass Springhill Baptist Church on the right. That’s when you should start looking to the left for Goffinsville Road. With the large, yellow Dead End sign, it won’t look like the right road, but it is. Follow the drive to find plenty of parking and — typically — not that many people.
Tip: The gnats will find you if you forget to bring the bug spray.