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Exploring Amelia Island – Fort Clinch State Park

“A must-see attraction on Amelia Island is ​Fort Clinch State Park ​with its Civil War-era fortress overlooking the Cumberland Sound. The park sprawls across the island’s northern tip (over 1,400 acres) with extensive shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean, Cumberland Sound and Amelia River. The scenery is beautiful with panoramic waterfront views, extensive sand dunes, lovely moss-covered oak trees within the maritime forest, and the historic fortress itself, recognized as one of the ​“most well-preserved 19th century forts in America.” ​ Amelia Island Living

Exploring Fort Clinch and all of its beauty. Herschel E. Shepard, Jr. was the Jacksonville architect who started the fort process. Did you know The Florida Park service had to dig it out from under the sand to restore it to its present condition. The fort has two distinct types of bricks – when you first approach the fort you will see them. The lower bricks were made locally before the civil war. The bricks above the rifle ports were imported from up north and installed 1862-1867. The drawbridge was built in the 1950s by the national park service.

The first week of every month volunteers join park rangers in re-enacting life in 1864 during the federal occupation. The fort merits a visit at any time, however, because of its superb views and it’s french style brickwork.

The fort is just one of the exciting features of Fort Clinch. The rest of the 1,086 acres gives locals and well as visitors the opportunity to camp, fish from the 1500 ft. fishing pier – where speckled trout, striped bass, redfish, drum, sheepshead, flounder and whiting are always a good catch! Plenty of walking trails and picnic areas – just be aware of wildlife 🙂 If you decide to camp you have your choice between the beach side or the river side.

Admission to the museum is free with the park entry fee. All visitors are encouraged to tour the museum before entering Fort Clinch. A $2.50 per person fee is charged.

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