Ft. Clinch State Park is located on Amelia Island in Fernandina Beach, Florida. We lived in Fernandina before we began traveling, so whenever we come back to visit our hometown this is our first choice of places to stay. Besides being close to where we lived and our friends that live there, it’s a beautiful park to visit. But just like most Florida State Parks it is very difficult to get a spot to camp unless you reserve it well in advance. FL State Parks have an 11 month reservation window so if I know that we plan to be in Fernandina Beach that far in advance I will go ahead and reserve it.
We spent the first two weeks of January there and had such a great time visiting with friends. We enjoyed having friends over to visit and sit by the campfire, and the boys and I went to our Community Bible Study (CBS) class that we had attended when we lived there. It was so nice to spend so much time with as many friends as we had time to see. Because we were kept so busy with social activities we didn’t have much time to explore Ft. Clinch, but since we used to live there we have explored it many times before.
Ft. Clinch has two different campgrounds: Amelia River and Atlantic Beach. We stayed on the Atlantic Beach side and it was beautiful!
Sand dunes and the ocean in our backyard!
Jake and I went for a bike ride one day to see the Egan’s Creek scenic lookout where you can see the Amelia Island lighthouse in the distance.
Jesse and I took a walk down the beach to the fishing pier.
The sun setting behind the campground.
There are several other things to see and do at the park including nature trails and bike trails and of course touring the fort. Since our main purpose for coming to this area was to visit with friends we didn’t have time to do all that. But if you plan to visit this area, it’s worth taking advantage of all that Ft. Clinch has to offer. But I would highly recommend making your reservation as far in advance as possible.
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