In downtown Jacksonville there are five parks located along Wilson Bay and the New River. Visitors will find public access to the water, places to walk, ride a bike, shelters for picnics and outdoor gatherings, trails, greenways, and festivals events.
Riverwalk Crossing Park & LP Willngham Park located in Jacksonville's historic district sits on the New River, and is the home to several annual events and festivals including the New River Festival & Palooza, Oktoberfest, Winterfest and National Night Out. There is a stage for live music and extensive landscaping. Walkways lead to the water and a gazebo along the water's edge for visitor's to sit and enjoy the view.
Sturgeon City Park and Wilson Bay Park hug the shore of Wilson Bay. The New River flows by the Wilson Bay and overlooks the Rte 17 Bridge that accesses New River Air Station, Camp Geiger and Camp Lejeune Military Installations.