One of our favs…

One of our favs…

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The troupe took a trip back up to Amelia Island, FL to visit old friends and neighbors in the area and booked a few nights at Fort Clinch State Park to be close.

Moss draped canopies
Vintage cozy and fun

This park, as the name would imply, is another outstanding Florida State Park. We knew of the park from previous visits and we’re happy to report that the park is still in good stead. Located on the most Northern barrier island on the NE coast of Florida. The small town of Fernandina Beach is THE town on the island.

We LOVE this part of the state as it’s still about as real as it gets for that old Florida beach town fun and lifestyle. The beaches have shells, lots of sharks teeth and are often almost deserted. No tall obnoxious condo buildings or hotels either. Beachcombing here is truly enjoyable. The bars and restaurants in Fernandina Beach are aplenty to sample and we’ll never come to town without a visit to an island favorite by locals and tourist alike– The Green Turtle Tavern. It has a roomy porch with live music on most nights, two dollar beer specials (tall boys) and a big BBQ sammich with chips for five bucks. This writer has found that if you ask for Ismeralda give her a wink and a smile, she’ll take excellent care of you! It’s dog friendly too!!

Camping scenery along the Amelia River

Back to the RV and camping experience… the RV campgrounds are in two areas, the Amelia River (40 sites) and the Atlantic Beach (21 sites) sections. The beach section is very exposed with no vegetation separating the sites and no trees for shade BUT its within an easy walk to the beautiful ocean side beaches. All the sites on the ocean side lay out around one big circle. No privacy at all. The wind is the common complaint over in that area and with wind blowing beach sand its no fun. The river section is well shaded with some foliage between most of the sites. The focal point are the views across the Amelia River and everyone gathers for the sunsets which are very cool.

Atlantic Beach site
Atlantic Beach circle
Beach access from campground
Shaded site in the Amelia River section
Amelia River sunset
Sunset on the river
Working shrimp boat

All campsites have electric and water but no sewer connections. The sites all need a nice heavy topcoat of gravel to help with the drainage….most of the river sites were muddy and annoying to deal with especially with a four-legged friend. Pets are not allowed on any of the boardwalks or beaches but welcomed otherwise. Between the beachcombing, fishing, hiking trails and the historic civil war fort, the 1,400 acre park will keep you busy. Just outside the main gate to the park lies all the town’s amenities, including lots of shopping for the ladies.

Riverside beach for walking/fishing

Taking into consideration our overall experience this park will receive a 4 Pickle rating out of five. The muddy sites and no full hookups were the only negative points but they hurt our recommendation.

Pickle asking: Where RV going next?

Fort Clinch State Park – 2601 Atlantic Ave. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Contact info: (904) 277-7274

Chris Pipes
  • Clark Waters
    Posted at 17:29h, 05 February Reply

    Wow !! You guys are certainly living the dream. New faces and friendly faces everywhere you visit. I know it was good seeing old friends and making new ones.

    • PipesTraveler
      Posted at 18:38h, 09 February Reply

      Yes, we had an awesome visit back to the area. Love Amelia Island!

  • John Baust
    Posted at 12:03h, 09 February Reply

    Chris, Fort Clinch was my first Park when I started with the Florida Park Service in 1973. It was a great park to work at and I moved to Bahia Honda in the Keys in 1976. Fernandina back in those days only had an IGA grocery store,, Sears mail order only store and one hardware store. Talking about small town, it was great. I have many fond memories of Fort Clinch. John Baust

    • PipesTraveler
      Posted at 18:35h, 09 February Reply

      Thanks John for your feedback. We always appreciate hearing from folks…. We’ll sure be back to Fort Clinch and just hope they’ll find some $$ to keep it on top of the lists!

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