Past Meetup

Exploring Fort Clinch State Park

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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.

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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: We should arrive there around 9:40am.

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