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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