Fort Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach

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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  • Decided to go here while visiting Amelia Island. There were no docents or guided tours the Friday we visited. The fort was well preserved. Some construction was going on and places/steps were blocked ...  more »
  • We camped three days at the Ft Clinch, Atlantic Beach campground. There is a second camping area on the inland (River) side of the island that is more in the forest. The Atlantic Beach right by the se...  more »
  • Fort Clinch is near Jacksonville. FL on Cumberland Sound. My son and I camped in the Amelia River campground on our way to Fort Sumter. The campground was quiet and the bathrooms were clean. The fort ...  more »
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  • The fort was an absolutely fascinating experience, it is well kept and it is very neat to see all the history in the fort. It is a bit pricey to pay an entrance fee and then another fee to enter the fort. Overall a very nice and peaceful place.
  • Love this place and the history behind it. Very educational for children and even adults. The staff there's very friendly and know what their talking about. GREAT food and nice campground.
  • Really nice park,see a lot wildlife,so fun for who want to do advantrues,be careful the jellyfish on Beach.
  • Even the drive into the park is a serene experience. The initial driveway is layered with countless oaks. You quickly realize there is so much to see and do as you pass one trail after another, then the campgrounds, and even more trails. The fort itself is located at a parking lot with the museum and visitor center that includes a gift shop and cafe. There's an additional fee to get into the fort, which is paid here. Once inside the fort, look for a park guide dressed in period clothing, or wander off on your own exploring the preserved fort. There are multiple buildings within the complex and walking paths that lead up to the cannons overlooking the beach. During my visit I loved there were not too many people and there were plenty of PokemonGO stops.
  • I must see if your on Amelia Island. The fort is so much fun and it's good to go on a hot day because it is cool in the brick tunnels. Staff is always fun and entertaining. The view of Cumberland Sound is breathtaking. Do not leave the Island without checking this place out.

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Beachside resorts offer all-inclusive vacation packages, while condo or home rentals provide you with privacy and space. Historical bed and breakfasts tucked away in renovated homes are a staple of the island's culture, while affordable hotels and motels are scattered along the coast.
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