December 14 – 16, Friday – Sunday, FORT CLINCH CAMPING / BIKING:
We have room for two additional tents as of 12/9. If you are interested in joining the fun, please RSVP and send me an email ([masked]) or call me at 561.602.8613.
For Friday night, we will have the fire going for anyone that would like to cook on the grill. Saturday is potluck. We currently have Chili, Ziti (vegetarian and meat meatball) and many deserts and appetizers. Bring anything else that you would like to share. Sue will contact those that contributed to the food kitty to confirm plans.
Planned activities for Saturday are mountain biking in the morning and hiking in the afternoon. Arrive early at the Visitor Center, we will leave at 10 am and 2:30 pm.
If anyone would like to kayak, a few of us are planning to kayak before heading home on Sunday.
***Please bring firewood to keep us warm for the (hopefully) cool evenings.***
Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought there, 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 re-enactors depicting garrison life bring the fort to life for visitors. The Park offers one of the most well preserved maritime hammock communities which provides critical habitat for a diversity of wildlife including White Tailed Deer, Bobcat, Raccoons and other wildlife regularly seen at the park! 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 multi use trail through the park. Bring your mountain and/or road bikes and fishing gear.
We will hike and bike on the trails (or the road) and enjoy time around the campfire and walking on the beach. We will be camping in the Amelia River Campground which has an old Florida ambience with shady, Spanish moss- laden oak trees. Camping Fee is $30.00 per night, per site (total $30 to share a site). Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 1:00 p.m. All eight of our reserved campsites [masked] and[masked]) are occupied but, as of 10/13, there are four additional sites available online. If not interested in camping, you are welcome to come over for the day (until sundown).
Admission Fees (for those not camping) are $6.00 per vehicle (limit 2-8 people), $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle, $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass. Fort admission fee is $2.00 per person.
Fort Clinch is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown. It is located at 2601 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Take I-95 to the Fernandina Beach/Callahan exit (Milepost Exit 373 - Old Exit 129), and stay to the right. You will then be traveling east on A1A. (This road becomes 8th Street within the town limits of Fernandina.) Stay on this road, (A1A), for 16 miles until you come to the intersection of 8th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Turn right on Atlantic Avenue and go about two miles, Fort Clinch State Park will be on the left. Visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch or call[masked] for additional park details.
Leader: Steve D., ste_dor ‘at’ bellsouth.net, 561.602.8613.
A “Guest Release and Indemnity Agreement” form must be signed for each event. Blank waivers will be available at the event. However, you can reduce the registration time prior to the event by printing the liability waiver (http://www.sidetrackers.com/Documents/Form-GuestWaiver.pdf) and turning in your completed/signed form to the trip leader at the event. The Guest Release is not required for members who have signed the annual waiver and paid the $15 annual fee. Members are covered by our supplemental insurance policy.
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