Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park Review

Jacksonville, FL

Posted by Caitlyn Stogner on December 12th, 2017

This park is tough to review because there are so many of both pros and cons. The overall feel of the place is pretty cool. For a city park, we were super impressed when we arrived! Although you do drive past a sketchy looking strip club (bad vibes…) at the entrance, once you drive into the park you feel immersed in nature and we personally felt safe the entire time. They have about 250 sites with full hookups, plus many more tent sites. There are palm trees everywhere providing decent privacy between sites, but you do have to be selective in which site you would like to get great privacy. They have placed sites in a lot of places around the park that are less than ideal. They have three bath-houses, a camp shop, and a large laundry shelter. You’re also within walking distance to a great beach which is dedicated to the city park. Not to mention there’s a small lake with picnic areas surrounding it, a kids water splash park, lots of biking and hiking trails, and you can drive into Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville, and other cities for great restaurants or just to explore.


Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park Campground Campground road with sites surrounding Airstream at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park Our site from the road Airstream at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park Our site from inside the site

One place we loved was Safe Harbor Seafood Market and Restaurant in Atlantic Beach. It is a casual place right by the port where seafood is brought in which probably explains why all of it tasted so fresh and delicious. We went once for dinner and once for lunch!

Safe Harbor Seafood Restaurant - Front of Restaurant Safe Harbor Seafood Restaurant - Front of Restaurant Safe Harbor Seafood Restaurant - Rear of Restaurant Safe Harbor Seafood Restaurant - Rear of Restaurant Caitlyn after eating a delicious lunch at Safe Harbor Caitlyn after eating a delicious lunch at Safe Harbor Boat in the harbor Boat in the harbor

Pros:

With the proximity to the beach, restaurants, grocery stores, and Atlantic Beach/Jacksonville, we gave Hanna Park 5 stars for location. We got strong Verizon and AT&T cell signal and had no problems connecting to the internet with our hot spots, giving it 4 stars for connectivity (they lost 1 star for no wifi anywhere in the park). We loved that we could walk to the beach at sunset. This time of year, there were very few people on the beach which we loved. Despite the leash law, since there weren’t many people we let the dogs run with their e-collars. They LOVED this place!! It tired them out so well they would come back to the Airstream and not move for hours. This gave us the freedom to explore while leaving them in the camper without crates.

Safe Harbor Seafood Restaurant - Front of Restaurant Safe Harbor Seafood Restaurant - Front of Restaurant

Cons:

I have to say overall the facilities were a con. Despite them having plenty of them, they were in less than great shape and were in desperate need of some good cleaning and minor repairs. One of the bath-houses smelled like sewage and although it functioned was just plain nasty. The other two were decent but also needed a good cleaning. It seemed all they would do to clean is mop the floors and wipe the toilets out… over time that definitely does not suffice! They did have nice, new washers and dryers. Although they were expensive at $2.25 per load, which I was not a fan of!

I think we found the best campground surrounding Jacksonville in Hanna Park. We enjoyed our stay, but it was a shame to see such a gem of a place lack some TLC that would make this place amazing!!