Explore the most popular trails in Fort Clinch State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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
7 days ago

Nice trail but beware of ticks and chiggers. Spray shoes and pants with DEET and pyrethrin and you should be fine.

hiking
1 month ago

I toured historic Fort Clinch and also walked several miles of picturesque beach from the fort to the park boundary. The fascinating Civil War era masonry fort is still intact and faithfully restored. I was there on a living history weekend and was so impressed that I returned for the nighttime lantern tour of the fort. The park, the Fort, and beach walk are natural and cultural resources not to be missed.

walking
3 months ago

Great area to explore on the northern edge of Amelia Island. Full shade, tons of bugs, sandy trail; but a peaceful area with well-preserved history.

Fun trail of you're in the area. it's a better bike trail than hiking trail. I haven't been to the fort itself yet. it's on my list...

Gorgeous nature trails and scenic areas.

Some small rolling hills but felt relatively flat (we’re from N.GA). A few options to add on loops. We stopped to see the fort at the halfway point which was a nice break. The trail does run near the road back to the fort (and sometimes the trail IS the road back to the fort) and other reviews are right - it is a bike trail as well, and a pretty narrow one, at that. Bikers can only go one way, and as a hiker you can pick if you’d like to face them or not, but you still have to be mindful and sometimes it’s hard to find a place to jump out of the way.

hiking
7 months ago

Really enjoyable hiking trail! There is a small fee to park but it is worth it. You can also purchase a ticket to see the fort if you want to add on that portion. The trail varies in elevation quite quickly so be cautious. The mountain bikers approach at a fast speed so be aware and perhaps start on the other side of the loop as mountain bikers so you can see them coming. It can get quite hot and you might run into afternoon thunderstorms in the summer so be sure to go in the cooler months.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a fun day trip that included some time spent resting on the beach. The trail itself is pretty fun, goes up and down a lot, but you have to share it with mountain bikers and that can be a bit unnerving when they come flying up out of seemingly nowhere and you have to jump off into the bushes. Also, the feeling of immersion in nature is disrupted by the trail being right alongside the road. Saw some neat fungi, visited the fort, and had a good time with friends.

I loved running the rolling hills.

hiking
Sunday, July 22, 2018

This is the only trail within miles of me that offers some elevation. While it is near a road part of the way, it is not a busy road, and it did not interfere with the enjoyable ness of our hike. Overall, the hike took my group (two twenty somethings and a forty something) about two hours and forty minutes to complete. We did include the smaller optional loop about two miles into the hike. I highly recommend including it! You get to walk through some serious nature! We even saw a baby dear about five feet away from us! The path is shaded so it helps keep you cool in the heat of Florida. The only real downside to this hike is the shear amount of spiders everywhere. None of them ever bothered me, however, I have never seen so many HUGE spiders in my life. Keep your eyes peeled ;). I think it is best to go early morning or late afternoon. It is located in a very nice town (Amelia island) and it is worth it to explore the downtown area after as a reward for finishing the hike. I will be back to hike it again for sure!

mountain biking
Sunday, June 24, 2018

These trails feature a great mixture of flat and climbing. As this part of coastal Florida goes, it is not that terribly rooty or sandy. Lots of shade. Well maintained. Deer, dillo, squirrels, raccoons. Great for walking too.

walking
Friday, March 16, 2018

We took my 60+ parents and our 9, 6 year old. We had a great time and were impressed with the elevation level for Florida. The only down side was the trail was right by the road taking away some of the illusion of being off in nature.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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

Saturday, July 01, 2017

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.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

fun trail

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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

walking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

Walking through the swaps and saw some alligators.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

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.

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.

mountain biking
Monday, November 09, 2015

Great technical trails for a very flat state. Challenging and enjoyable even for my youngest. No military discount except for national guard FYI on park entrance fees

Friday, August 07, 2015

My family love's technical mtb trails. For the north Florida, south Georgia area. this is the toughest for the hills and obstacles and such.Muddy when it rains and sandy when dried out. We don't ride for times, just the fun and exercise. Trails are single direction but switch on certain days. WATCH for hikers and deer. Wife was almost hit by deer....twice! Good canopy coverage which can make it buggy at times. Only thing missing is a bike wash station. We live near Fort Clinch so we go often... A must visit if you're up to the challenge! !!!!

mountain biking
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Nice biking trails.. Can be challenging at times. Small dips and climbs. Worth the time.

mountain biking
Friday, May 29, 2015

Amazing 6.5mi single track mountain biking trail! My husband and I came this past weekend and were pleasantly surprised! I'd say one of the best trails I've ever ridden! Well worth a trip just to ride this trail. It flows very smoothly, is very well maintained, marked well. Love that's is single directional, so you don't worry about running into anyone. My only complaint was a couple times the trail emptied back onto the main road, and had no signs indicating you needed to continue a few 100' until the trail started back. That would be nice. Otherwise, great trail!

mountain biking
Monday, May 25, 2015

This is a great trail to get a real fell of single track. It has some challenging hill climbs, rooty paths a little soft sand, cool switch backs, a few log hops, nice drop ins, some great technicals and some areas to really open up some speed. The trail has everything from easy to challenging and it follows the road so you can drop out any time if you get tired. They have some bathrooms that are well kept at the fort and easy access to the trail from there. The staff is friendly and lots of wild life to see. I ran across a whole family of deer twice now. There's beach access as well and a picnic area to. You can rent beach bikes at the fort too. If you like the woods this great trail to ride.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 06, 2014

The mountain biking loop is a lot of fun. There are some small hills and lots of roots, but the ride is interesting. There's also a fort that is worth checking out, and the beach is close by too.

walking
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Great view of a well preserved and interesting fort. We took our time and enjoyed the scenery. Great for kids.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nice trails and overall nice state park. You will likely see plenty of small alligators on the trail areas near the ponds.

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