Exploring Fort Clinch State Park

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. Fort Clinch offers a six mile trail for hikers and off road bicyclists. Parts of the trail are heavily forested and traverse ancient dunes that are very steep, offering a challenge to off road bicyclists and hikers as well. Willow Pond Hiking Trail is located centrally along the park drive. Two loops encircle a series of fresh water ponds, the shorter loop takes around 20 minutes, the longer loop takes 45-50 minutes to complete. Wildlife observation is very good on these trails. Alligators, deer, and a variety of bird life can be seen in this area.

Parking is $6 per vehicle that we will split amongst participants.

Leashed dogs are welcome in the park, but are not permitted in buildings, boardwalk or on the beach.

For for more information about Fort Clinch State Park, visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch/default.cfm.

We will meet at the Panera Bread at 4403 Roosevelt Blvd to figure out carpooling needs. The drive to the hike will be about 84 miles round trip and we will share the cost of gas. Bring bug spray, water, and maybe a snack.

If you prefer to meet us there, the address is 2601 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Get directions here: http://goo.gl/maps/6Y94J. We should arrive there around 9:40am.

If there is interest, we can go to lunch as a group afterward.

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  • Kathleen O.

    Hey gang. I'm going to have to bow out for today. Been sick for 2 weeks w sinusitis. Gonna stay in my PJ's and read a good book. Ya'll have fun!! Kathleen

    November 9, 2013

    • David L.

      Hope that you are feeling better Kathleen! We missed you and hope that you can make it to a future outing soon.

      November 10, 2013

  • John B.

    This was an excellent outing. Great people, great fort, views, and hike.

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • David L.

    Perfect weather & nice hike with wonderful folks! Also luncheon at Sliders was a real treat with a fantastic view, thx for suggesting this unique restaurant Bernie!

    November 9, 2013

  • Bernie C.

    It was a great day. Couldn't have picked a better day for weather and since it is Veterans' Day weekend the Fort was hosting military reenactments from throughout US history.

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Joseph P.

    The weather couldn't have been better!

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • David F.

    Great, I enjoyed walking around the fort exploring the many rooms, buildings, towers. It had some amazing brick work. Great views of the waterways from on top of the fort. Nearby hiking trails were nice too

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Stephen M.

    Wonderful outing...The fort was interesting....Great nature hike ...no alligators {SIGH} Great lunch..

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Had a great time, I look forward to seeing you guys again!

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Might be too late for many of you but if you bring a canned good into the fort you get in for free today.

    November 9, 2013

  • Kathleen O.

    Won't be coming today. Will miss ya'll. Have fun!

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Joseph P.

    For those not coming to Panera, meet at the Visitor Center all the way at the back of the park where the actual fort is located. There is parking there. We will hang out in front and try to be as visible as possible while we rendezvous.

    November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Planning to meet everyone at the park. Just where inside the park will we find the group? Near the entrance or all of the way deep into the park at the only parking area shown on the Google map?

    November 8, 2013

    • Joseph P.

      Park at the visitor center and meet us there.

      November 9, 2013

  • Steve

    Plan to meet in the park but not sure of exact location. Is it the parking area on the map--the only one inside the park, near the fishing pier? Thanks.

    November 8, 2013

    • Joseph P.

      Meet at the visitor center so park there.

      November 9, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Look forward to meeting you guys at the Fort!

    November 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope its OK if I tag along. I'm looking forward to seeing the fort and meeting everyone.

    November 8, 2013

    • David F.

      Not at all, come join us.

      November 8, 2013

  • Anthony H.

    Meet everyone there.

    November 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will meet you there.

    November 7, 2013

  • Cheryl D.

    May have a +1 with my sister-in-laws husband Jef.

    November 6, 2013

  • Harry

    Due to my father needing 24 hour care, I regret that I will be unable to attend this event. Harry

    November 6, 2013

  • Carlos

    Will meet u there

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • Carlos

    Will meet u there

    November 4, 2013

  • Cheryl D.

    Thanks, Joseph.

    November 3, 2013

  • Kathleen O.

    I will meet you there. Looking forward to seeing everyone!! Kathleen

    November 3, 2013

  • Cheryl D.

    Hi Joeseph,
    Since I will plan to meet you at the fort what time do you think you will be getting there?
    Cheryl

    November 3, 2013

    • Joseph P.

      I'm estimating we should arrive around 9:40 - 9:45am.

      November 3, 2013

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