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Fort Clinch State Park

Picturesque natural features of wetlands, plains, beaches and sand dunes surround this historic fort that dates back to 1847.

Fort Clinch State Park is a region of natural beauty on the northern tip of Amelia Island. The park covers about 1,400 acres (570 hectares). At its center sits the historic Fort Clinch, a brick fortress built in 1847. Visit the site for its sand dunes, plains and wetlands as well as appreciation of the historical significance of the fort itself.

Admire the inspiring natural landscape around you as you drive into the park. Miles of trees line the road. Capture photos of the varied countryside, which includes wetlands and plains. Sunbathe on one of the beaches along the Atlantic Coast and observe fishermen working from a pier.

Watch role-playing volunteers take part in proceedings at the fort in the center of the park on the first Sunday of the month. They dress as soldiers, drummer boys and ladies of the Civil War era and remain in character as you ask them questions. 

Learn about the intriguing history behind Fort Clinch through exhibits. It changed hands between Confederate and Union troops without a battle in 1862. Try to conjure up an image of the daily lives of the soldiers who were stationed at this fort.

Hike along one of the nature trails meandering through wild vegetation and flora. Cycle near the beaches for unobstructed views of the ocean. Bring a tent or come in an RV to stay a night at the campground, which is equipped with cooking and restroom facilities. Climb the stairs to the top of the fort to enjoy a panoramic view of the park.

Fort Clinch became a state park in 1935. There is a small admission fee as you enter the park. Pay an additional fee to camp.

Find Fort Clinch State Park on the northeastern tip of Amelia Island. It is a 1-hour drive from Jacksonville past 40 miles (60 kilometers) of wetlands. The surrounding Fernandina Beach area is a quaint port town with a fascinating history dating back to Native American traditions and later, Spanish settlers. Discover many charming cafés and art galleries in the region.


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Lodging Near Fort Clinch State Park

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Hampton Inn and Suites Amelia Island Historic Harbor Front

Hampton Inn and Suites Amelia Island Historic Harbor Front

19 S 2nd St, Fernandina Beach
4.6
of 5, from 647 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Amelia Island, this hotel is steps from Blue Door Artists and Island Art Association Gallery. Amelia Community Theatre and Amelia Island Museum of History are also within 10 minutes.

Private lap Pool at This 3 Bed/3 Bath Home. Short Stroll to Beach, Sleeps 8

Private lap Pool at This 3 Bed/3 Bath Home. Short Stroll to Beach, Sleeps 8

1719 North Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Amelia Island, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Fernandina Little Theatre, Blue Door Artists, and Island Art Association Gallery. Amelia Community Theatre and Amelia Island Museum of History are also within 6 mi (10 km).

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home Across the Street From the Beach. Sleeps up to 6 Guests and is Pet Friendly

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home Across the Street From the Beach. Sleeps up to 6 Guests and is Pet Friendly

1427 North Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Amelia Island, this vacation home is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Fernandina Little Theatre and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Blue Door Artists. Island Art Association Gallery and Amelia Community Theatre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

4 Bedroom 2 Bath House Sleeps 8. Recently Redecorated, PET Friendly & Linens Provided

4 Bedroom 2 Bath House Sleeps 8. Recently Redecorated, PET Friendly & Linens Provided

1423 North Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Amelia Island, this vacation home is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Fernandina Little Theatre and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Blue Door Artists. Island Art Association Gallery and Amelia Community Theatre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$120
Florida House Inn

Florida House Inn

20 22 S Third St, Fernandina Beach
4.1
of 5, from 259 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Amelia Island, this bed & breakfast is steps from Blue Door Artists and Island Art Association Gallery. Amelia Community Theatre and Amelia Island Museum of History are also within 5 minutes.

$126
Seaside Amelia Inn

Seaside Amelia Inn

2900 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach
4.2
of 5, from 894 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Amelia Island hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fernandina Little Theatre, Island Falls Golf, and Blue Door Artists. Island Art Association Gallery and Amelia Community Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

New Fernandina Beach Home Just Yards From Beach

New Fernandina Beach Home Just Yards From Beach

930 N Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach
5.0
of 5, from 21 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Amelia Island, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fernandina Little Theatre, Blue Door Artists, and Island Art Association Gallery. Amelia Community Theatre and Amelia Island Museum of History are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$215
Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast Inn

Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast Inn

804 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach
4.7
of 5, from 43 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Amelia Island, this romantic bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Fernandina Little Theatre, Blue Door Artists, and Island Art Association Gallery. Amelia Community Theatre and Amelia Island Museum of History are also within 10 minutes.