March 2, 2023

Tributary Talk: Ribault River

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Jacksonville is a thriving city that’s jam-packed with entertainment, food, and good company. There are many great areas in Jacksonville, such as the beach and town center, but there is one in particular that’s constantly growing on Jacksonville’s northside: the neighborhood in and around the Ribault River. The Ribault River area is historic, scenic, and resilient.


The Ribault River is named after captain Jean Ribault. Ribault was the first European to thoroughly explore the massive St. Johns River. Later in the 19th century, the area bestowed the nickname of the “new sweeter sugar hill.” As the area developed, WWII Veterans increasingly started to settle with their families in the area as the homes had a total price of $7,300. During the 1960s, the neighborhood experienced “white flight” as more African Americans continued to move into the neighborhood. Fast forward to the 20th century, the Ribault River area was one of the most impacted neighborhoods by Hurricane Irma. Homes were flooded and destroyed but even amid the chaos, the sense of community refused to perish.

Nature and Wildlife

Want to become one with nature? The Ribault River features a passive riverfront park that has abundant grass beds that serve as critical nurseries for fish, plus areas for nature viewing, birdwatching, and fishing. There is a plethora of wildlife in the area such as the Northern CardinalRed Winged Black BirdEastern Bluebird, and Northern Mockingbird. The plant life is diverse with different species such as Alligatorweed, Pontederia Crassipes, and Parrot Feather Watermilfoil. The Ribault River is full of natural beauty, amenities and cultural heritage.


Many small and large businesses thrive in the community. If you are looking for a meal that will excite your taste buds, check out Jerome Brown BBQCarolinas Chicken or visit the Trout River Food Park where you can find a plethora of tasty vendors. Bring your family and friends because it is guaranteed to be a good time!

Parks and Boat Ramps to Explore