Fort Clinch State Park Beach

Sandy beach
Unnamed Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, USA
253 miles from Panama City Beach, FL
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Crowded
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Beach amenities

  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Dogs are not allowed on the beach.

There is no lifeguard station on the beach.

Early morning and late afternoon are recommended for bicycle riding due to less vehicle traffic.

Cyclists aged 16 and under are required to wear a helmet.

Fort Clinch State Park is a place where you can relax and recreate in natural surroundings and learn a bit of history at the same time. It’s a nice family-friendly spot for strolling, biking, hiking, camping, and wildlife watching. There is good beach access, so you can also spend your day soaking up the sun, swimming, and looking for shells in the sand.

Location and Fees

Fort Clinch State Park is located at 2601 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach and is open from 8 a.m. till sunset every day throughout the year. The fort is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There is plenty of parking. If you travel by car and have no passengers, you’ll have to pay a $4 entrance fee. Vehicles with 2 to 8 people are charged $6 (plus $2 per each extra passenger). Pedestrians and bicyclists can enter for $2.

Fort Clinch

This construction bore strategic importance during the Civil War. Now it’s open for visitors to explore its many premises and learn about the life of the soldiers. If you come on the first weekend of the month, you’ll also see a soldier garrison demonstrating various battlefield skills.

Beach Access

The park features several miles of beautiful sandy beach where you can sunbathe and swim in the Atlantic. The sand is hard-packed and you can ride a large-tire bicycle on it during low tides (there are bicycle rentals available). There are many shells and shark teeth to collect. Please exercise caution in the water – there are no lifeguards on duty.

Camping

If you like recreation in the bosom of nature, you’re welcome to camp overnight. Camping costs $26 per night and there are special fees for organized youth and adult group camping. Having paid the fee, you will be able to use electricity and water at Atlantic Beach and Amelia River campgrounds.

Other Activities

The park has numerous trails for hiking and biking. It is recommended to ride a bicycle either early in the morning or late in the afternoon since there is quite a lot of traffic in-between. Other popular activities include shelling and fishing. Wildlife lovers will be glad to watch painted buntings, tortoises, and some other species in the park.

Driving Time

  • 55 minutes from Jacksonville, FL
  • 1 hour 15 minutes from Brunswick, GA
  • 3 hours from Orlando, FL

Beaches nearby

Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Fort Clinch State Park Beach which you can visit:

Beach reviewed by:
Siobhan
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An amazing video of the state park with gorgeous aerial views of the historic fort
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A wonderful video of the beach area near the fort

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The beach is located in Fernandina Beach, Florida Unnamed Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: November 20, 2019