an aerial view of fort clinch state park

Fort Clinch State Park: An Amelia Island Gem

What brings you to Amelia Island? Natural beauty is the No. 1 reason visitors come to our area each year! Amelia Island proudly boasts hundreds of acres of hiking trails, bike paths, fishing holes, and more across nearby state parks. One of our favorites is Fort Clinch State Park, which is not only 1.5 miles from our beloved B&B but also hosts boundless adventures throughout the year.

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, access our exclusive Amelia Island Vacation Guide! This free resource is filled with innkeeper-selected recommendations on the best things to do during your trip. Everything you need is just a short distance away when you stay at The Addison on Amelia Island.

Why You Need to Visit Fort Clinch State Park

1. Making More of Your Fort Clinch State Park Experience

For travelers that have a true passion for time in the great outdoors only rivaled by their love for history, time at Fort Clinch State Park is sure to inspire. Once you’ve found your spot, stop by the Visitor Center to book guided tours, pickup park maps, and ask questions of knowledgeable and friendly staff who are more than willing to help you customize your day’s adventures according to your preferences. Please note, the Center’s hours are 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily.

fort at fort clinch state park

2. Dive into the Park’s History During Your Visit

History and natural beauty pair hand in hand with Fort Clinch State Park in a way that guests are sure to find thrilling with every visit. The historic fort, housed on the 1,400-acre park, played a pivotal role in the Civil War in this area and today, a row of cannons pointing across the St. Mary’s River stand as a testament to it’s preservation over the years.

Plan A Tour: Guided or Self-Guided Available

Guests who are looking to connect with the fort’s past can book tours with options to walk through rooms, galleries, and across the historic grounds. While self-guided tours are always an option, booking a guided experience through the fort is highly recommended for an even more insightful excursion. These tours are led by volunteers and park rangers alike and provide educational narration to go along with the look into the past guests can enjoy.

What You’ll See on Your Tour

panorama of Fort Clinch State Park

Local tip: It’s worth your while to head this way on the first weekend of every month. You’ll witness live reenactments of soldiers firing cannons on-site and demonstrations of battlefield skills!

large trees lining the drive or walking trail in fort clinch state park

3. Activities to Enjoy at This State Park

Beyond the amazing history the park holds, a visit here is a chance to get into nature, admire spectacular scenery, and connect with wildlife-watching opportunities too. The park is dotted with stunning oaks and maritime hammocks over trails that are ideal for exploration suitable for all skill levels.

For the Thrill-Seekers

For a challenge, try biking or hiking along the park’s six-mile, multi-use trail. This trail winds through the maritime forest, which gives visitors an inside look at this area’s native flora and fauna.

For the Water Enthusiasts

For a water adventure, try surfing, swimming, or paddling in the Atlantic Ocean. Beach combing is another fun activity at Fort Clinch State Park, which is a goldmine for shark teeth!

For the General Adventurer

There are also opportunities for birding, fishing, and geo-seeking.

packing checklist for an Amelia Island lighthouse tour

4. What to Pack For Your Day Adventuring

If you happen to have your binoculars on hand, you’ll want to keep your eyes open for everything from painted buntings and gopher tortoises along the way. With so much ground to cover and lush terrain to enjoy, packing in layers for your time out hiking and biking is always a good choice. Bug spray, sunscreen, and plenty of water are also recommended for outdoor fun at Fort Clinch State Park.

courtyard of the addison at sunset

5. Book a Stay Near Fort Clinch State Park

Choose The Addison on Amelia Island for convenient lodging near Fort Clinch State Park. Walk, bike, or drive the 1.5 mile stretch along Atlantic Avenue to the park. Then, stop for lunch at some of our favorite Amelia Island restaurants. It’s the perfect way to fuel up after a morning of exploration! Rest from your adventure-filled day in one of our 14 comfortable guest rooms.

Room 6

Consider a stay in Room Six. This coastal-themed room features a king-size iron canopy bed, a large bathroom with an oversized jetted tub with a shower, and a cozy reading chair. Room Six is a great option for guests seeking seclusion, as this room boasts a private entrance off the courtyard. Guests can also enjoy private outdoor seating with sheltered views of the on-site fountain and lush gardens.