This 19th Century historic landmark park called Fort Clinch State Park is named after General Duncan Lamont Clinch. On the ... More
Fort Clinch State Park
This 19th Century historic landmark park called Fort Clinch State Park is named after General Duncan Lamont Clinch. On the first weekend of each moth, local volunteers dress as Union soldiers and relive many of the daily routines of the fort from the 1860s, in a living history exhibition. Visitors can take a guided tour of the fort or can wander through its many rooms on their own. Three campgrounds are available for overnight visits and a small gift shop sells souvenirs. Open daily from 8a onwards.
We love our dogs but we would never take them there. There are reasons you can't go all over with your dogs there. The areas of the beach that are apart of Ft Clinch have numerous sea turtle nesting areas and they also have protected bird nesting areas. It's not dog friendly because it's purpose is to be wildlife friendly. If you wanna take your dog to a park, go to a dog park. The public beaches welcome you too,along with unsupervised teens the loud music.
We love going to Ft Clinch for all it offers. It has wonderful bike and walking trails. We love walking on the beach and climbing the seawall rocks and finding beautiful shells. Drive carefully in the evening. You may see deer!! We bought season park passes. Love their beach access because they have plenty of very clean restrooms to use on the beach boardwalks. We make the trip from Georgia atleast 3 days a week.
Great historical place with much to appreciate. The park is well maintained. The staff is friendly though not very articulate on the phone. It may take you several questions to get the point across. However, if you are a dog owner, don't bother taking your pet. The web site is misleading on this point. They are not pet-friendly unless you consider being able to camp with your dog/cat friendly. Your pet will not be allowed to leave the campground or trails. They are not allowed on any beaches or the fort or anyplace you would want to see. The city beach outside of the park is very dog friendly. Go figure. When I called to complain the volunteer (I would hope our tax dollars are not paying this person) who answered the phone claimed that they were too dog friendly that I could walk my dog on the road and trails but couldn't on the beach, in the fort courtyard or anyplace else. I remember being able to take my dog anyplace in the park as long as the dog was behaved and you cleaned up after it in years past. They said it had always been that way. I explained it had not always been that way then was told well since 8 years ago. Worth visiting but really sad you can't take your dog. Great historical place that has received far too little notice from even Florida residents. The first weekend garrison reenactment each month is well worth the visit.
Liked the park but there is no tenting area set away from the RV's like at good campgrounds. And the RV'ers have the place booked solid for a long time out. They will not let you use the youth tenting area even when it is empty. I would have really enjoyed the place but I do not like being surrounded by giant boxes with TVs going 24 hours a day.
The park is so peacefull and beautiful. The beach is so nice and there are so many bike trails that are very scenic. The fort is also very cool and they allow you to walk through almost the entire fort. We have camped there over ten times and will be back soon.
It is one of the most peaceful and beautiful forts I have been too. A few times I visited, there was a candlelight tour and a re-creation that really made you feel like you were back in time. The fishing, trails, and buildings are enough to keep you busy for a whole day!
THIS STATE PARK IS ONE OF THE BEST WE HAVE VISITED. WE CAMP MOSTLY AT STATE PARKS, AND THIS ONE IS THE GREATEST SO FAR. NICE BIG SITES, THE FORT IS FUN TO GO AND VISIT, LOVE GEORGE. HE MAKES THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE. DISLIKES, WE CAN NEVER SEEM TO GET THE SITE WE ASK FOR, SITE #40, BUT GOT THE NEXT BEST, SITE 41. WE KEEP COMING BACK. IT IS JUST A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT.
Fort Clinch is nice but the water is weird. I only say that because it's right at the mouth of a river that flows to the Atlantic. Otherwise, it's pretty nice. I think the park itself needs more signs because it's easy to get lost on the unmarked roads.