Fort Clinch State Park has 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.
We’ll hike a lovely and CHALLENGING six-mile trail, parts of which are heavily forested and traverse ancient dunes, many that are steep, offering a challenge to hikers. I want to be honest and transparent: This is the most difficult Sierra Club hike I will have been on. Though it is six miles long, there are several places where you can exit the trail and walk the road back to the fort if you find it too difficult. Just please know heading there this is not your average walk through the woods that many of our 'hikes' are.
Directions: Address: 2601 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, Florida, 32034. Directions: From Jacksonville take I-95 North to Exit 373 (Fernandina Beach/Callahan) and stay to the right towards Fernandina Beach. You will now be traveling east on A1A which becomes 8th Street within the town limits of Fernandina. Stay on 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 to Fort Clinch State Park entrance on the left. (An alternate and more scenic route is to go up Hecksher Drive from 295 or use the Mayport St Johns River Ferry crossing to access Hecksher Drive.)
Parking: We will meet in the fort parking lot which is a beautiful three mile drive past the entrance station. Fees are $6.00 per vehicle; limit 8 people per vehicle, or $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.
Lunch: Let's bring a picnic lunch. After the hike we can use the beautiful picnic area adjacent to the fort parking lot. It will be a nice way to relax and discuss the highlights of the hike as a group! There are also restrooms available.
Please bring water, insect repellant, and lunch; children are not recommended due to the length and difficult nature of the trail.