Adventure is found in the most unusual places in Florida. From hidden boardwalks that lead to a lush paradise to eerie sites that hold unique Florida history. Fort Clinch in Fernandina Beach is a fort surrounded by natural and historic resources that will make your summer adventure more thrilling.
This pristine park features a row of cannons staring across the St. Mary’s River that extend into Georgia. The 1,400-acre park massive arching live oaks and coastal views that make it the perfect photo shoot backdrop. The park is popular for its variety of wildlife and gopher tortoises.
If you visit the first weekend of every month you can experience a soldier garrison firing cannons and demonstrating other battlefield skills.
Visitors can explore the park and the fort where there are many rooms, galleries and grounds with hallways that will give you the chills. Also, the fort has a small historic herb garden located around the museum building adjacent to the visitor center which provides examples of medicinal herbs and plants used during the Civil War.
The park is perfect for outdoor activities such as biking, birding, camping, paddling, fishing, hiking, and more.
Despite the scary surrounding inside the fort, the park has a hiking trail with fresh water ponds which takes between 20 to 50 minutes to complete. You can also embark on a shark tooth expedition and discover fossilized sharks’ teeth.
There are swimming and fishing opportunities at the 0.75-mile section of Atlantic Beach just south of the jetty. If you don't have any plans this summer, plan a fun day trip at this location. The fort is near Jacksonville and it is one of the most historic places you can visit.
Fort Clinch State Park
Price: $6 per vehicle
Address: 2601 Atlantic Ave. Fernandina Beach FL 32034
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