Fort Clinch State Park
Park Features & Amenities
Pull Through Sites:
Full Hookup Sites:
Credit Cards Accepted: NA
Utilities & Amenities
Power: 30 Amps, 20 Amps
Clean restrooms. Well laid out. Slight lack of privacy
If the public restrooms and facilities are important to you then this is an ideal park.
First the basics:
Greeting: 5/5 park rangers had us park up, come in and explained where the site was, gate code and map.
Camp site: easy to get to. Slightly tight in some places with lots of trees. But we only hit one low hanging light branch... And it was signposted. Lol.
We stayed at site52. All sites are surrounded by a small fence. Camp fire and small clothes line (Eagle Scout project). Easy to back into - I didn't see any pull through sites. 3/5 just because the sites are close together. (About 10ft to next site. But easily visible what your neighbors are doing)
Restrooms and facilities were amazing. Cleanest I've ever seen. Family shower room. Laundry. Vending machine. Really really nice.
We will definitely return. It's only 30 mins from our house and is well worth the fee.
Lots to do at the fort $2 entry.
Wheelchair accessible and if you need a beach wheelchair there are some available with notice.
Camp sites 1-29 are on Atlantic coast. 30-62 are on the river side. Quite a distance between sites so if you're coming as a group make sure you specify when booking.
Wonderful State Park!
Some fellow RV'ers recommended Fort Clinch when I was in St. Augustine and I'm so glad that they did! I only intended to stay for 2 nights and ended up staying for 6 nights in January. Weekend reservations were hard to come by, but spots seem available during the week.
Site: I stayed in Site 60 on the river side of the campground. My site was large for my 16' travel trailer and I was able to back in without assistance. The site was level. It rained a bit while I was here and I never noticed water accumulating in my site. There really didn't seem like a bad spot all around on the river side. There are pictures of all the sites on: http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Fort-Clinch-State-Park
Wi-Fi/Connectivity: There is no public wi-fi in the park. I was able to connect to my personal Verizon hotspot with some help with my booster, but I didn't try to use it for any length of time since I worked from the local coffee shop. A lot of other campers seemed to be successfully using satellite TV.
Location: Super easy to find with GPS. I drove by the park entrance the first time around, but likely because I was distracted by ocean views up ahead :)
Bathroom/Shower: The bathrooms and showers were very clean and well-stocked, and heated! The second shower shower in the women's restroom has the best water pressure.
Laundry: $3 to wash and dry. They have several machines located near the restrooms.
Activities: What a lovely place! I was able to bike into Fernandina Beach and spend the day at the local coffee shop (around 6 level, paved miles one way, half of that is in the park). Don't miss out on Fort Clinch and the many hiking and biking trails around the park. I went hunting for shark's teeth one morning and had some luck during low tide near the fort. I wasn't able to go, but I've heard wonderful things about nearby Cumberland Island.
I would definitely stay here again!
Great park, perfect price, very clean.
We stayed here 30 mar to 1 April and had a blast. The park is easy to find and check in is a breeze. We were on the Atlantic side and the campground was clean and orderly. The new bathhouse is great. Clean, large and centrally located. Never more than 20 - 30 steps from your site. The beaches, bike trails, piers and bathrooms are many and well maintained. Saw several deer and other animals. 30a power worked great and water was clean. No sewer but dump is nearby. Broadcast tv clear and crisp. Site was mostly level, but coral and coral dust made a mess. Wish they had better surface. But a great trip for sure. We will be back. Oh, and staff were awesome. Thanks guys!
Ft Clinch State Park, Amelia Island
We loved this campground and the entire area. The park has two separate campgrounds - one along the river (40 sites)and the other on the Atlantic Ocean just a short walk from the beach(21 sites). We stayed on the Atlantic side and loved it for a couple of reasons - first we have a 38' fifth wheel and the sites there are easy to back into (the offical park website says 30' max for rigs, but there were other motor homes and fifth wheels there). Because is was April, we wanted sun and these sites have almost no shade. And, we wanted to be close to the beach. The sites on the river are much more shaded and we would have had a hard time getting into many of them. Each site has water and electric and there is a small shower building - older, but clean.
It took about a minute to walk from our rig to the beach and from there we could walk "forever." Hunted for seashells and sharks teeth. We had a lot of luck with shells, but struck out as far as sharks teeth. There is a very long fishing pier within walking distance from the campground. There is a large Navy base nearby and we saw three subs shipping out to sea. Very impressive. We also enjoyed walked through the large fort located within the park. It contains many artifacts from the 19th century fort. From the beach you can also see Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia. If you have the time, it's not an unreasonable drive head that way and take the ferry to the island.
If you need a shopping fix, Fernandina Beach has all the name-brand shopping you could ask for and the historic district is worth an afternoon if you are staying for several days.
We were lucky to get a campsite in April - there were two in the Atlantic campground that are first-come first served and we hit it just right. Otherwise, book early.
Close to town
There are 2 camping areas here; we liked one but not the other. The one by the ocean has older restrooms, is very open, and is not as nice. There is a nice pier that goes way out into the ocean. Rode our bikes into Fernandina Beach, which is a very pleasant town.