Timucuan Treasure Quest

Sat October 10, 2015 Jacksonville, FL 32226 US Directions


Introducing the Timucuan Treasure Quest a team adventure challenge and treasure hunt connecting historic Kingsley Plantation and Mayport Villiage.   Not your typical treasure hunt — this is a QUEST and the reward you receive from participating will come with huge bragging rights as you and your teammates celebrate completion and the victory of the QUEST in front of thousands gathered to party at Ferry Fest 2015.


The Timucuan Treasure Quest is a three-stage event situated in the heart of North Florida’s most historic and beautiful preserve. Teams of 2, 3 and 4 individuals (maximum of 100 teams to include women, men, and co-ed teams) will compete using mind and body (mostly mind), solving clues, reading maps, working as teams, while moving as fast as possible through Stage 1, and into Stage 2 and 3. A treasure awaits in Mayport Village and the only way to qualify is to be the best teams from Stage 1.


Stage 1 — Fort George Adventure

Teams will collect at the Ferry dock on the Heckscher side by 6:30 a.m., for final registration and shuttle prep. Registered teams will be divided into two large groups at the Heckscher Ferry dock and will be shuttled into the Ft. George Island Cultural State Park where they will be dropped at pre-assigned locations. Teams will await final instructions.  The object for teams is to move along the one mile trail between Ribault Club and Kingsley Plantation solving problems and performing agility-based challenges. There will be exactly 14 challenges with speed and coordination becoming the team priority. Time totals from each team will be collected and assessed. Fastest times from each division will be announced once Stage 1 participants arrive back to Mayport. Top teams compete in Stage 2 — Ferry Fest Trivia Challenge.

Stage 2 — Ferry Fest Trivia Challenge

Ten teams will qualify for the Stage 2 Trivia Challenge on the Ferry Fest Main Stage (Mayport side). Each team will be given an answer sheet and questions will be presented simultaneously to all teams who will have 1 minute to decide on an answer. Upon completion of the questions presentation, the answer sheets will be collected and scored and the 2 top teams will move on to the final Stage 3 Mayport Village Treasure Hunt. The questions are “challenging” and they cover 4 areas: 1) Ft. George Island history; 2) Mayport Village history; 3) St. Johns River Ferry history; and 4) the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Team members should do some research on each of these 4 areas to be prepared for the challenging questions.

Stage 3 — Mayport Village Treasure Hunt

Stage 3 is a treasure hunt that takes the teams through the distinct landmarks of Mayport Village. Each team starts from separate locations, but both have to move through similar challenges to discover where the treasure is hidden — and this is a treasure that has been determined by Quest officials as priceless.

Registration Fees

Online registration will be open through 4:00pm on Friday, October 9th.

Day of event registration will be available from 6:30am until 7:030am at the Heckscher Drive ferry landing -  9618 Heckscher Drive, cash or check only.  

The following race registration fees include all online processing fees:

  • Two Person Team - $90
    Three Person Team -  $125
    Four Person Team - $160

Participant Amenities


All participants will receive a cotton T-Shirt.

Other Goodies

All participants will receive one Free Ferry Fest beverage ticket and one Free Round trip Ferry Ride for each participant (to be used at future date), valued at $30.00

Race Awards

The winning team will win a treasure that has been determined by Quest officials as priceless.

Event Course

All teams will meet at the Heckscher Drive ferry landing -  9618 Heckscher Drive and then will be transported to Ft. George Park by JTA Shuttles between 7:30am and 8:30am. 

Event Schedule

6:30 - 7:30 a.m. Final Registration at Heckscher Dr. Ferry terminal

7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Board JTA Shuttles and transport to Ft George Park

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Final Treasure Quest Instructions

8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Stage 1 — Fort George Adventure

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Board JTA shuttle and transport to Ferry terminal

11:00 - 12:00 a.m. Stage 2 — Trivia Challenge Ferry Fest Main Stage

12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Stage 3 — Treasure Hunt

12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony VIP Recognition

Packet Pickup

Participants may pickup their packets at Heckscher Drive ferry landing -  9618 Heckscher Drive, on the day of the event during the times listed on the Event Schedule.

Event Timing

There is not chip timing or other timing for the event.  Teams will advance to the next stage by order of finish in the prior stage as listed above.   Times will not be recorded.

Event Information

Event times and dates are subject to change without notice at any time for any reason. In the event the race time or date is changed or if the race is cancelled, for any reason, there will not be any refunds under any circumstances. In the event of bad weather every effort will be made to conduct the race, however it may be moved to an alernate date, time, or cancelled within hours of the starting time. Please be sure to check the PRS Race Timing website and Facebook page for updates prior to departing to the race for any last minute changes or instructions.

Friends of the St. Johns River Ferry

About the Friends of the St. Johns River Ferry:

The Friends of the St. Johns River Ferry is a 501 c 3 corporation formed in 1996  to encourage, support and defend the retention, continuation and preservation of the St. Johns River Ferry Service in Jacksonville, FL. As a vital part of the local transportation system, connecting State Road A1A between Heckscher Drive and Mayport, we want to improve and beautify the embarkation areas on the North and South banks of the St. Johns River, and to recruit volunteers to improve the ferry experience, and celebrate and publicize the ferry. Reorganized in 2013, it merged with the Ferry Task Force and in 2014 recruited a new Board of Directors.  

About the St. Johns River Ferry:

Ferry service for the St. John's River crossing at Mayport has been in operation since 1894, and has provided a vital transportation link connecting the north and south banks of the St. John's River along SR A1A since 1948.  

For more information about Friends of the Ferry, please visit http://www.friendsoftheferry.com/

Ferry Fest



11:00am - 8:30pm

Celebrate a day of community activities, music, food and fun to highlight the St. Johns River Ferry as the connector of State Road AIA to Commerce, National and State Parks, Historical and Recreational tourism as well as leisure for all residents of Duval and Nassau counties and beyond.   For more information please visit http://www.friendsoftheferry.com/ferry_fest_2015

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at


9618 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, FL US 32226


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