Fort Clinch State Park, Amelia Island

Must see · State Park · Military Facility
With a collection of different environments, Fort Clinch State Park is both a natural and historical landmark. The actual fort, which was founded in the 18th century, is open daily for touring. You can experience a variety of outdoor activities here, such as pier fishing, hiking, and shelling. The Amelia River runs through the park, and a campground with full facilities rests near its banks. Another campground is near the Atlantic Ocean. The first weekend of every month military reenactments fill the fort with performances of historical battles. To visit Fort Clinch State Park and other attractions in Amelia Island, use our Amelia Island road trip website.
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  • Beautiful park. Wonderful place to enjoy nature. The fort is interesting and provides a great opportunity to learn about history.  more »
  • This park was awesome! My husband and I rode our bikes up to the Fort. It’s flat and shaded the whole way. It was $1 per person to get in, and I think $2.50 per person to walk through the Fort...  more »
  • if you are a camper this is a good place to bring a camper for a few days and visit the area, good walking paths and campsites, old fort accessible to tour for a price, jetties are accessible by...  more »
  • Awesome place! The drive into the park is gorgeous! Ranger at entrance/check in was super friendly and helpful. Well kept bathroom, shower area. Seeing deer on the beach awesome! Definitely worth the $26 a night for tent site, so close to beach you can hear the waves!
  • What a great treasure in North Florida. If you are a camper in the park, there are two campgrounds here: ocean side and river side. The ocean side is new, smaller, in more demand, and has almost no trees (so hotter). The river side has sites nestled among the trees. Both allow you to enjoy very beautiful sunsets over the water. Must do: visit the fort (only $2.50), walk the five miles of trails around the park, visit the nature overlooks along the road and trails. Just outside the park: go to the charming downtown area of Fernandina and stroll around the shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and have a bite to eat. Just outside the campground around the corner along the ocean is a great restaurant that you can walk to from the park, and it has beautiful ocean views (can't remember the name, but "kitchen" is in the name).
  • Outstanding state park! Beautiful ocean beaches and spectacular river views of Cumberland Island. Excellent campgrounds for RV and tents. Deer and other wildlife abound! Canopied roads and bike and hiking trails. great fishing! A truly exceptional nature experience!
  • The park contains several easily accessible beaches as well as fishing, hiking, and camping. If you're into history and like military stuff, Fort Clinch is worth checking out at the more northern edge of the park. The fort has been restored to its appearance circa the civil war era. The fort part of the park is minimally staffed, we only saw two employees there. There is a museum that showcases some civil war artifacts, history about the fort, and a video that showed you the highlights of the self-guided tour. Pay attention to it, because there really isn't anyone there to answer questions or educate you on the fort's history. There was a guy dressed up in period attire, but given his lack of interaction he could have just been a ghost wandering the grounds. If you go to the fort, climb up to the battlements. There are some gorgeous views of the water and the beaches. There was a small gift shop with souvenirs, refreshments, and restrooms. We didn't spend any real time at the beach portions of the park, but they looked beautiful. Bring plenty of sunscreen, bug spray, and gator repellent...yes there's a warning sign. Park admission was $6 which was good for the entire day. To access Fort Clinch, you have to pay another $2.50. Definitely an alright activity for history buffs and beach-goers, just wish there was more there.
  • We always bring our company for a day at Fort clinch. Not only is it the most beautiful old Florida treasure, but you have the ocean for swimming, fishing or simply hunting for sharks teeth. Everyone always loves to visit the fort. I love this place. Been going here since I was a kid. Lots of history. Great for the person that loves to walk around and enjoy nature and history. This Fort was never in use and finished by the North. Cool park with great views of the bay. Nice park with plenty of parking and s small beach area.

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