Monday, March 13, 2017

Our Visit to Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach, Florida

The entrance to Fort Clinch
Entrance to Fort Clinch 
Fort Clinch State Park is over 1400 acres.  I love the drive to the Fort.  After you pay the park admission, you drive for a while under an oak tree canopy!  So pretty.

The park is located on Florida's northern most barrier island, Amelia Island.  They have camping available and a beach to go shelling on and to look for shark teeth!

View of Fort Clinch from the Beach Florida
View from the beach
Now, when you get to the Fort, you will have to pay around $2.00 per person to tour (at the least at the time of this post), but it was worth it.

The Long Path to Enter Fort Clinch in Amelia Island Florida

The above picture is the path to enter the fort.

Fort Clinch State Park Florida

Remember to bring water with you during the summer months; the heat can get pretty brutal.

Spikes at Fort Clinch State Park in Florida

Check out the barriers above.  I would hate to fall on that.  Ooouuuchhh!!

Fort Clinch State Park Florida Civil War

The Fort takes you back to 1864, during the Civil War, but it was manned by the Union not the Confederate army.

Cannons at Fort Clinch State Park in Florida

Fort Clinch State Park Our Outdoor Travel Stories Florida

Fort Clinch State Park Jail, Florida

Check out the ocean view!

Ocean View from Fort Clinch in Amelia Island Florida

So pretty!

Ocean View from Fort Clinch in Amelia Island Florida

You are allowed to walk into the buildings and around the Fort.  There were some interesting pathways.

Fort Clinch pathways in Florida Http://ouroutdoorstories.com

Fort Clinch pathways in Florida Http://ouroutdoorstories.com

Fort Clinch pathways in Florida Http://ouroutdoorstories.com

Fort Clinch pathways in Florida Http://ouroutdoorstories.com

And spiral stairs.

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Fort Clinch pathways in Florida Http://ouroutdoorstories.com

Fort Clinch in Florida Http://ouroutdoorstories.com

Fort Clinch pathways in Florida Http://ouroutdoorstories.com

I really enjoyed learning the history here, and I have to give the volunteer rein-actors a lot of credit.  They were in their union army uniform all day and it sure was very very hot in July and they would answer any question you asked.  They really enjoy what they do.  Thank you!!!!

Now, after wards we did leave the park.  I could not convince my sister that the shore line was on the other side of the Fort so we could look for shark teeth.  She was very hot and needed to go back to the hotel room.  It was not until the next day, while we were on the Riverboat that she learned where the shoreline was and felt bad that I was not able to look for shark teeth.  She let us go back after the boat trip and she paid the admission this time 😇

Fort Clinch Beach Shark tooth hunting

I was not really sure what I was looking for, but I picked up quite a few little trinkets.

Fort Clinch Beach Shark tooth hunting Amelia Island

Upon further examination, I do not think I found any teeth, just triangular shell pieces.

Fort Clinch Beach Shark tooth hunting

But, I am going to keep them as "my shark teeth stash".  It was fun searching for them.


My sister and I both enjoyed visiting Fort Clinch State Park.  I would like to try camping there sometime.  My sister would not, for she is not a camper.  Luckily the Hampton Inn was located not too far away.

You can read more about Fort Clinch State Park here.

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