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Hiking Fort Clinch State Park

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.

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  • Joni B.

    Perfect day, perfect place to hike & nice people!! Glad we made it!

    December 22, 2013

  • Joni B.

    Perfect day, perfect place to hike & nice people!! Glad we made it!

    December 22, 2013

  • Maureen F.

    Beautiful day

    December 22, 2013

  • joe t.

    twisting, rolling trails made hike exceptional. Consider all trail blazers through the ages.

    December 22, 2013

  • Becky B.

    Such a nice hike & great job leading!

    December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike! Flat areas, hills, beautiful views, great company. Who could ask for more.

    December 21, 2013

  • Jola

    Great weather and great group of people, as always! I enjoyed it very much.

    December 21, 2013

  • Allen J.

    Did not stay to see the historic sites. How it was so nice to meet so many friendly people. I will go on other hikes organized by Ken.

    December 21, 2013

  • Tracey T.

    Great hike, thanks Ken for being the lead and Frances for sweeping!!!

    December 21, 2013

  • Alan F.

    Fort clinch was no cinch but it was a great hike and wonderful people

    December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I could not make it.

    There is just not enough time during the holidays.
    However, I will make it next time. I need lots of practice before my hiking on the Alps in May.

    Have a great Holidays everyone.

    Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annee

    December 21, 2013

  • joe t.

    great ki, I will be there around 830( wal-mart parking lot, thanks!

    1 · December 20, 2013

    • Ki

      Joe, if you still want to meet us at the Ross parking lot, I still have one seat available. Otherwise we will see you at the park. Ki

      December 21, 2013

  • Ann

    I'm in Ponte Vedra - is there any one that has room in their car to car pool?

    December 20, 2013

    • Ki

      I will see you there at 9:00. I'm driving white Toyota Camry. Ki

      December 20, 2013

    • Ann

      Great - Thanks.

      December 20, 2013

  • Ki

    If anyone need a ride, let me know. Allen, Barb and I are riding together leaving just south of I295 and San Jose Blvd. I have one more seat available. Die-Hard environmentalist as I am, I hate to see someone driving 120 miles alone.

    3 · December 19, 2013

    • barb g.

      Wont be able to make it :(

      December 20, 2013

  • Shanti S.

    Sorry, came down with a nasty head cold

    December 20, 2013

    • barb g.

      ugh.... me too! I hope YOU feel better.

      December 20, 2013

  • Yoko

    I'm sorry I can't make it this time. I really wanted to see those animals Rose mentioned. Is there another time for this place?

    December 19, 2013

  • Karen P.

    Do to a foot problem, its wrapped and I won't be able to make this.

    December 19, 2013

  • Rose Stukenberg B.

    Weather:There is tree canopy (maritime hammock community) throughout most of the trail that will lower the temperature by a few degrees, too. Our starting time is probably a little late to see deer, raccoons, armadillos, bobcat, etc., but you never know! The view from the pier is great (river to the north, ocean to the south is a blue meets gray Civil War metaphor!)! You can walk the 2mile round trip to the pier on the road, or see it by driving there after the hike. Ask the person in the museum entrance/gift shop if you'd also like to go to the conference room to see the photographs that won the Wild Amelia contest last year (all ages, all levels). Park Entrance fees: Vehicles $6.00, holding 2-8 persons; vehicles $4.00, holding single occupant; walking/biking in $2.00 per person. If someone has a state park pass, then 7 others can walk in free with it. The fort is $2.00 per person to enter. The trail is one way for bikes, but two way for hikers. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    December 19, 2013

  • Laura

    I SOOO wanted to do this but bronchitis is kicking my butt. :-(

    December 18, 2013

  • Dan W.

    Not at all Jason, but I think it is odd that your last name is Hiker. :)

    1 · December 16, 2013

    • Dan W.

      I see, thought is was real. Too funny. Looking forward to meeting you on the hike. I've been a member for two or three years and know most everyone here. We're a pretty honest bunch of people but I understand. You have to be careful about the internet.

      December 16, 2013

    • Dan W.

      I thought it was only visible to the members. That's good to know. I would like to hear more about this. My contact information out there. Thanks.

      1 · December 16, 2013

  • Rosemary

    Sorry to miss this hike, but I would like to recommend a bakery on Atlantic, quite near the Fort - Chez Lezan . Best pumpernickel bagels in Florida.

    December 15, 2013

  • Tracey T.

    Looking forward to getting back out there...

    December 6, 2013

  • Alicia C.

    this sounds like a wonderful afternoon.
    Most of my family is in Fernandina Beach & I love this beautiful Island named Amelia.

    December 2, 2013

  • Linda C.

    Looking forward to a fun day!!

    December 1, 2013

  • Rose Stukenberg B.

    You can park at the Atlantic Rec Center just a little west of the entrance to Ft. Clinch and pay $2 per person to walk in, or re-carpool to get into the park by car. There aren't a lot of parking spaces just after the ranger station. The carpools can also drive the 3 miles straight to the fort and there is lots of parking there. Trail works from either end and you can enter and see the fort after hiking the trails for a modest fee, too! There is also a pier you can drive/walk to and park and walk the half mile long pier! I live in Fernandina. This is a great hike, fort and pier!

    November 18, 2013

    • Ken F.

      Rose - Many thanks for your feedback! As a result I agree that we should meet at the Fort. Please everyone after you pass the ranger station simply drive straight to the end of the road (3 miles) to the fort parking lot. The drive is beautiful too!

      1 · November 24, 2013

  • Ken F.

    CARPOOL SUGGESTION: Being this is a bit of a drive for most of us, please feel free to carpool. A great place to meet is the Hardees parking lot at 9111 Merrill Rd (map link below). Most of you will drive right past this area and the restaurant is very close to I-295. From the restaurant it is about a 50 minute drive, so I suggest getting there by 8:45 am and leaving by 9:00 am at the latest. I will be camping at the park and will not be involved in the carpool.

    https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF-8&q=Hardee%27s+/+Red+Burrito&fb=1&gl=us&hq=hardees&hnear=0x88e5b37b6528c6f9:0x3961607a46aeda45,9111+Merrill+Rd,+Jacksonville,+FL+32225&cid=0,0,10960530655394299146&ei=DaGDUtvIEqfY2gWM0YG4Dg&ved=0CLMBEPwSMAs

    2 · November 13, 2013

  • Indie Bragg B.

    Looking forward to finally meeting everyone!

    November 12, 2013

  • Blanche N.

    As nice as this hike sounds, it is a 260 mile round trip from my home in Daytona Beach so I am going to cancel. Enjoy the day!

    November 3, 2013

  • Michelle A.

    I will be going to France, sorry I can not make it.

    October 19, 2013

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