Fort Clinch State Park provides visitors with access to 69 campsites split between two campgrounds. The Amelia River campground is nestled on the northern end of the park along the banks of the river, an area teeming with Spanish moss-covered oaks that provide ample shade. The other site, located along the edges of Egan’s Creek Marsh, offers some of the best group camping options in the state, including three campsites that can fit up to 75 campers together!
The area also provides a wealth of hiking and biking opportunities. In total, there are 3.3 miles of paved roads, making Fort Clinch State Park a great location for riding beneath the shade provided by the trees. The off-road multi-use trail covers 6 miles through the maritime forest region and comes with multiple elevation changes to create a challenging path for hikers and bikers alike.
Birdwatchers often discover that Fort Clinch State Park is an ideal destination for observing a variety of birds. Over 100 species call the area home, either on a permanent or migratory basis. Patient birdwatchers may be able to spot red-tailed hawks, barred owls, purple sandpipers, great horned owls, bald eagles, indigo buntings, and many more exciting species.
Campers also have the option of launching kayaks or canoes from the campgrounds while day visitors have access to two public boat launches. This provides everyone with access to St. Mary’s Inlet, an area known for strong currents and shipping activity. Based on how busy the region is and how unpredictable the currents can be, only experienced sea kayakers should attempt to participate in paddling in the park.
Dogs are welcome at Fort Clinch State Park, though they must remain on a leash when outside your RV or tent. Additionally, you need to be ready to remove any pet waste your pooch creates. This helps keep the area clean, ensuring other visitors don’t have to deal with an unexpected mess.