Alpine Groves Park

Location & Hours

2060 State Road 13, Switzerland, Florida

Open Daily, Dawn until Dusk

Contacts

Special Events and Pavilion Rentals
Joanne Pius (904) 209-0328 or jpius@sjcfl.us

Educational Field Trips and Wildlife Information
AyoLane Halusky (904) 209-0348 or ahalusky@sjcfl.us


Amenities
Parking Picnic Tables 1800s Historic Structures
Bathrooms Nature Trails (Paved) Butterfly Gardens
Playground Fishing Pier Kayak Launch & Storage Rack
Outdoor Pavilion Open Event Space  

About

Alpine Groves Park spans 54.5 acres in Northwest St. Johns County between the St. Johns River and William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway. The many unique features for visitors of all ages to experience and explore include recreational activities, three unique Florida habitats, and historic structures.

Enjoy Friend and Family Outings
For outings, picnic tables are conveniently located near the parking lots, an orange grove themed playground, bathrooms and outdoor pavilion. Visitors can access the St. Johns River by fishing pier and kayak launch. Hiking and exercise enthusiasts will enjoy the 1 mile paved handicap and stroller accessibile hiking trail that traverses three distinct Florida Habitats.

Experience Natural Florida
While exploring the park you can experience a variety of Florida flora and fauna. In the uplands, you'll find towering pines, gopher tortoises, and a variety of birds. Venture towards the river you'll leave the uplands and enter the mixed hardwoods, home to large live oak, hickory trees, and owls. Follow the flow of the fresh water creek as it opens into the St. Johns River and you'll find cypress trees, manatees and alligators.

Butterflys Gardens and Groves
In addition to the native Florida ecosystems, you can also find two butterfly gardens maintained by the Garden Club of Switzerland and the Friends of Alpine Groves. There are also a variety of citrus trees planted around the park that connect the visitors to the parks’ historic roots.

Historical Homestead
Historically, this site was an orange grove homestead during the booming 19th century citrus industry. There are three historic structures, including the Bennet House, a citrus sorting shed, and the horse stables, all of which are the last remaining physical structures in this area from the 1800s. Interpretation of these buildings provides a unique window into the rich local history and 1900's economic development in northwest St. Johns County (Fruit Cove, Orangedale and Switzerland). To become part of the preservation of its history, visit the Friends of Alpine Groves Facebook page.

Visiting with your dog?

Leashed dogs are welcome in County parks. Please remember to clean up after your four-legged friend.
[Per County Ordinance 2005-114 domesticated dogs are allowed in County Parks and must be kept on a leash. Every individual who brings their dogs into a County Park shall be responsible for the removal and sanitary disposition of any excreta deposited by the animal anywhere within the County Park.]

Professional Photography in Alpine Groves Park

  • If the photo session is advertised as a public event, you must obtain a public event permit and insurance for the event. The permit fee is $213.00 for a St. Johns County resident, or $319.50 for a non-resident. The permits are for a six hour time period.
  • If the photos are going to be published, you must contact Michael Ryan at mryan@sjcfl.us
  • You may not block public access with any photographic equipment to walkways, children’s playground, pavilion area, etc.
Contact

Educational field trips can be scheduled through the Parks & Recreation Department Naturalist, AyoLane Halusky at (904) 209-0348. To rent a covered pavilion or reserve a date for a special event such as a wedding, contact Joanne Pius at (904) 209-0328 or jpius@sjcfl.us.

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