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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 55 minutes from Jacksonville, FL
- 1 hour 15 minutes from Brunswick, GA
- 3 hours from Orlando, FL
Hotels and rentals
If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:
- Nearby rentals from VRBO.
- Nearby rooms and properties from Booking.com.
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Fort Clinch State Park Beach which you can visit:
- Dungeness Beach (3 miles)
- Main Beach Park (3 miles)
- Seaside Park Beach (5 miles)
- Stafford Beach (7 miles)
- Peters Point Beachfront Park Beach (7 miles)