Fort Clinch State Park
Fort Clinch State Park
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  • Shawn H
    Washington DC, District of Columbia408 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Spanish Oaks and 19th Century History
    Even just the drive from the park gate out to Fort Clinch - lined with old Spanish oaks, is worth the drive into the park. Then you get to the historic, well-preserved fort and step back into history. The fort is extensive and gives you a lot of insight into military history over time. If you are doing an A1A road trip, its cool to see this fort and then see the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, which provides an opportunity to see how fortifications were similar and different over time. The fort had plentiful parking. The park has camping, trails, and other amenities - but we were there just for the fort.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Tamy P
    Jacksonville, Florida83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visiting Fort Clinch State Park
    Very nice place to go with a camper and bikes and enjoy a couple os days. Sad dog is not allowed at beach and inside the fort. Take your family to the museum, it is great, living in the past going around it.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 19, 2023
  • World Traveler
    466 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool place to visit
    We went here in October 2023. The fort is really cool and was about $7.00 for three of us to get in and look around. They had pole dressed up that I assume would give you information about the history, but none of them spoke to us. There is an area in front on the beach we’re you are supposed to look for shark’s teeth, but we didn’t find any. They charge about $6 per car to get into the park. There were trails you could go on as well if you have some time to explore.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 15, 2023
  • GEMSCAT
    Pennsylvania680 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Historic Site, So Much to See! Highly Recommend!
    Fort Clinch State Park is quite extensive with a lot to see and do! Would recommend wearing good shoes (most of the walking surfaces are even, but there is a lot of walking outside to the various exhibits and artifacts) and also walking inside buildings. To get the most of your visit to Fort Clinch State Park, would recommend visiting when the weather is nice. In the park, activities include Bicycling, Birding, Camping (69 campsites), Camping - Primitive Group, Fishing (fishing license), Geo-Seeking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Picknicking, Shelling, Surfing, Swimming, Tours, Weddings, Wildlife Viewing & various Amenities. Would highly recommend Fort Clinch State Park! It’s definitely one of the top Forts / Historic Parks! It would be a great activity for families with children!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 16, 2023
  • KMW-FL
    Port Saint Lucie, Florida643 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fort Clinch-a step back in time
    This State Park is FULL of history. You're able to walk around the campus of this Fort and enter some of the buildings. Some you have to view through windows. It is a self-guided tour. This fort sits right on the beach and has spectacular views and plenty of photo ops. You enter through the gift shop and return through it as well. You can also access the beach close to the gift shop and take a chance to find real shark teeth!! It was quite cool the day we visited so our trek to the beach was short and NO teeth. Check on line for more information about this FL State Park.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 30, 2023
  • owlbeonholiday
    Worcester, United Kingdom1,148 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful peaceful park.
    Beautiful peaceful fort and park to wander around. The fort is well maintained and has guides available for information. Really lovely to walk around the walls looking out to sea and the boats sailing past. Beautiful trees overhanging the road as you drive in. And so so quiet - great place to get away from the world for a while.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 3, 2024
  • Kelly S
    Tampa, Florida18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go explore this fort!
    We decided to explore Fort Clinch State Park and it did not disappoint! Serious defense with all the guns around the fort. Amazing history lessons! Walk the fort and see how people used to live.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 15, 2024
  • Amsta
    Atlanta, Georgia286 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting
    This was a great way to spend the afternoon and was very interesting to see. It was alot of walking and hot but overall a very enjoyable experience. After we toured the fort, we walked down to the beach to look for shark teeth. We didn't find any but there were quite a few professional type people digging and searching. I am still wondering why so many shark teeth are on these beaches, I was too concerned to get in the water after considering all the possibilities. I guess wade at your own risk.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 17, 2024
  • Davigeta
    Saint Louis, Missouri1,088 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good state park, fort is pretty good.
    This state park includes several attractions. We visited the beach, and this was a lot of fun. It is a nice beach. The fort is pretty good. It is in fairly good condition, and there are some good views. Signage could be better, but there is information available on-line, and a video available at the site. There were 2 people on site in Union uniforms to answer questions. Overall, worth a visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 23, 2024
  • Jay
    Florida771 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love this park
    I love this state park. They have something for everyone. You can hike, hit the beaches see wildlife, visit the fort, and really explore this part of Florida in one setting. I just wish the fee to get into the fort wasn’t extra
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2024
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Likinghiking
Virginia Beach, VA15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
It was the first time that I entered a state park that charges you to see what it advertises AFTER it charged you the entrance fee.
We decided to drive to the park spontaneously and after driving for 2 hours came in 1.5 hour before closing time, mainly to see the fort. We entered paying 6 $ for two people in a car. This made sense since the park states that it charges $4 per a single person in a vehicle and then $2 per additional passenger. However, it also doesn't make sense because, as later discovered, the website states that the same price of 6$ is for up to 8 people per vehicle. Anyway, a surprise comes after you pay and enter because to see the actual fort you need to pay an additional fee of $2.5 per person. So what was the entry fee specifically for if you can't visit the fort? There was not much to do on a late January afternoon: a trail runs along the 3 mile road, but we could only walk a section because we had to return to the car, there was anther short loop in the woods, and there was a view point with a view of a light house and a smoking factory. The one beautiful feature we noted was that the road was lined up with old trees covered in Spanish moss. Otherwise, it was a tad disappointing visit. I would suggest that the park revises its fees policy, so it is clear and fair. Maybe charge the $11 per two people right at the entry, or at least put a huge sign that informs the visitors they will not be able to visit the fort in the Fort Clinch State park without additional fees.
Written January 10, 2023
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corsale72
Myrtle Beach, SC81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Very pleasant park staff, really interesting history museum that sets the tone for what we were about to view, loved the actors and the fort grounds. Very well kept and clean -- you can be here for 2 hrs easily. Definitely recommend steps to the top of the fort to see the amazing views of the Atlantic and the river next to the fort.
Written September 8, 2020
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Sandi T.
Dahlonega, GA132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
Parking pass is required (we paid online $6 and just showed the gate attendants. Fort admission is $2.50 per person.
So very much to do here for all ages. My 16yr olds were not bored for one second. The museum is only two rooms but packed with info. The fort was a great exploration venue.
Written March 24, 2021
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Eric T
Jacksonville, FL13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
My family and I recently visited Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina. The visit was the first time since I was a young teen and the first ever for my wife and two young girls. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there, taking about 2.5 hours to walk around the grounds, check out many of the rooms and buildings on site and briefing through the museum. The museum is quite small and limited, but it does have some interesting artifacts on display. There were historically dressed actors on the property giving oral historical accounts and even some cannon shots fired. On our way out of the park we took the road down to the carpark and beach. This was the first time I had ever visited the beach portion and all my life I've heard about the fishing pier located there. However, it is no longer at the park, but the boardwalk and bath houses were very nice. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our time there and recommend for anyone to visit that would like to see a Northern fortification built in the deep south. The story behind it and the history is very neat, even for a Southerner like myself.
Written September 12, 2022
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Matthew M
Sanford, ME1,001 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Had this on my list a while, mostly because I’m interested in coastal fortifications. This park definitely has that, and some other great stuff I was unaware of. It’s $5 per car to get in and the ranger provided a map of the park. It’s a short 10 min drive to the fort on a road that feels like you’re driving through Jurassic park! Plenty of trails and lookouts along the way, as well as bike paths so beware of bikers. The fort entry is another $2.50 per person. It overlooks the water and you can also walk to the beach from the fort. It is a very well preserved brick fortification with great views of the water and Cumberland Island. There was even a period re-enactor on hand to answer questions. I was mainly there for the Fort, but camping here looks like it would be fun, and Fernandina Beach is very accessible. Worth a day trip!
Written October 11, 2020
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Cassidy144
Charlotte, NC279 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
We enjoyed our visit to Fort Clinch and Fort Clinch State Park. Unfortunately, we didn't have the best weather during our visit to Amelia Island, so we had to visit the park on a chilly, rainy day. If you can go on a nice day, it makes all the difference in the world. Aside from the gift shop and small museum (informative, definitely worth reading the exhibits before you visit the fort itself), there's not much shelter. There were some historical reenactors in character during our trip. They stayed indoors, huddled around an old fireplace to stay warm, but you could ask them questions and learn a bit more about life at the fort. Children will definitely enjoy the chance to play make believe, run around, climb up staircases and check out the view. I don't believe there are any elevators.

Once you tire of the fort, head next door to the beach and search for treasure. We found more interesting shells at the small beach by the campground down the road than we did at the main beach. You may also wish to bring bikes to explore the rest of the state park.
Written March 26, 2021
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Teresa W
Kodak, TN175 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Nice state park & fort. Camping area looked nice. We didn’t camp, just drove through and checked out the fort. Drive to fort is very beautiful. The trees form a canopy over the road. The ramp they built to get the cannons, cannonballs up to the top was interesting.
Written January 4, 2020
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Debra C
Kissimmee, FL808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
We have visited Fort Clinch State Park many times. Wonderful place with forested surroundings, beautiful beaches, hiking/biking trails, wildlife & the civil war era fort. This was our first time staying at the RV campground. We were fortunate to get a couple days as someone cancelled. The park books reservations 11 months in advance so it may be difficult to secure a campsite when the weather is nice. There are two campgrounds. A riverside & beachside. We stayed riverside. Our site was on natural yet level ground, spacious with many trees & fairly private. There is a fire pit, picnic bench, clothes line, water & electric. The dumping station & laundry are nearby. The campground is on a gorgeous stretch of the river with a wonderful beach area & pier. The sunsets there are incredible as well as the views of the dolphins. Near the pier is a short maybe 10-15 minute easy hike to the fort parking lot, visitor center/store & a path to our favorite stretch of beach. There are almost always deer there. From the fort parking area we hiked back to the campground on the historic civil war military road path. An easy less than 10 minute hike that has an open area with picnic tables & a playground. Biking the main tree canopied road is so beautiful & peaceful but gets very busy with cars throughout the day. We loved having the park to ourselves before opening to the public. We toured the beachside RV park. The dunes block the beach views & the sites are very open to the sun. We arrived after park closure so we called ahead of time for the gate code.
Written April 9, 2021
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Lecano_FlStan43
Lecanto, FL366 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We stopped here in part as it was close to our hotel. There is an admission fee of six dollars per car, and beach and fort parking are both free. There are nature walks and bike paths throughout the park. After a short ride in the park, you will arrive at the gift shop where you can purchase tickets to the museum and fort. This was a civil war fort which was also used during both world wars to observe the water. Much of the fort has been restored to the Civil War era. It is quite easy to spend the day between the fort and beach. There is also a campground on site which is accessible with reservations.
Written July 8, 2020
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Bart G
Delray Beach, FL399 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Solo
This is a massive park with so many things to see and do. There are campsites, trails, fishing areas, beaches and a historic fort. I only touched the surface of the park as my visit was only a few hours. I did some fossilized shark tooth hunting (found two!) on the beach adjacent to the fort. The channel leading out to the Atlantic is dredged regularly as it leads to the U.S. Navy base at Kings Bay. Luck would have it that I saw a submarine going out to the Atlantic under escort. The fort was very interesting to visit as well. You can visit the cannons along the ramparts, see a small museum, talk to re-enactors in period uniforms. There is also a gift shop on site, clean bathrooms and a water bottle refilling station. Definitely worth a visit if your on Amelia Island!
Written July 6, 2020
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