A part of the park system since 1935, Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought here, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars. During the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps began preserving and rebuilding many of the structures of the abandoned fort. Daily tours with period reenactors depicting garrison life bring the fort to life for visitors. Sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing are popular activities at the beach. Anglers can fish from the pier or take advantage of excellent surf fishing. Hikers and bicyclists can enjoy a six-mile trail through the park. Self-guided nature trails provide opportunities to learn about and observe native plants and wildlife. A full-facility campground and a youth camping area provide overnight accommodations.

hiking
2 months ago

It was an easy trail. Very scenic. We rode our bikes through the park and walked this trail and another.

hiking
2 months ago

Was a a great little hike for my 4 and 5 year old kids. The highlight was seeing a 3 foot alligator in the marsh.

Was a a great little hike for my 4 and 5 year old kids. The highlight was seeing a 3 foot alligator in the marsh.

fun trail

mountain biking
4 months ago

Fun MTB trail with some punchy climbs. It's very well maintained too. It's multi-use so you do come across joggers. I was told at the gate to make sure I rode clockwise and saw a couple other riders going in that direction as well, however all of the hikers and joggers I came across were going counter clockwise. Not sure if that was just a mix up or if we just have different rules.

hiking
5 months ago

Sharing trail with bicyclists. Trail mostly runs parallel to the road so you can walk the road or the trail. Some elevation changes. Most interesting part really is the fort itself. And the beach. It's pleasant.

hiking
5 months ago

nice trail, but nearly got ran over by 4 people on bicycles

Walking through the swaps and saw some alligators.

mountain biking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

A short nature trail loop that passes several freshwater ponds. Lots of animals...keep an eye out for alligators.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a great park for adults and kids. A beautiful beach...and one of the best for shells that I have been to in a while. Pretty interior as well, with lots of Spanish moss hanging from the trees. And the Civil War fort is a lot of fun to explore (an extra $2 per person in addition to the park entrance fee), with great views across the St. Marys River to Cumberland Island National Seashore and Georgia.

walking
10 months ago

hiking
Thursday, August 04, 2016

Not from this area, so not an expert.

First off, we hiked in early August. It was hot so we were glad we had the water with us. You can purchase in the park if you forget.

Also, the trail is accessible YEAR ROUND contrary to the description.

The loop trail closely parallels the entry road. Hikers walk against bike traffic, easy.

Two deer crossed the path very close. Fun! Or dog was thrilled.

Not mentioned by others, maybe we're lightweights, there were a ton of banana spiders. We rarely see these on trails in our area (Bradenton/Sarasota). Just thought I'd let y'all know. You can walk along the road if it's an issue.

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016