Fort Clinch State Park Trails
Historic Fort Clinch
Fort Clinch State Park is officially designated as part of Floridaâ€™s Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. Located in the northeastern corner of Florida, this park offers outstanding trails, both paved and unpaved. With its namesake fort and peninsular location, it also offers tremendous historic and natural amenities. Initial development of this park was started in the 1930â€™s through the Civilian Conservation Corps, making it one of Floridaâ€™s first state parks. The trail system includes a 6.5 mile unpaved â€œloopâ€ trail for hikers and off road bicyclists, the parkâ€™s paved road, and several miles of beaches along Cumberland Sound with hard packed sand for riding and hiking during low tides. Traffic on the unpaved loop trail is one way for bikers and helmets are required. Hikers may travel in either direction. The trail begins at the fort parking lot and parallels the park drive for approximately three miles, then crosses the road and returns back toward the fort on the opposite side. Parts of the trail are heavily forested and traverse ancient dunes that are very steep, offering a challenge to off-road bicyclists and hikers as well. The trail is also accessible in several locations along the paved park drive.
Length: 6.5 miles
Location: 30.69587, -81.446139
Hiked approx 6 miles of trail and found that the trail was in good shape clearly marked and was a good workout. The trail had various terrain changes to included hills and sand. We actually thought the trail was a good close to home place to hike that would be good for training on different terrains for long distance hiking. Some parts of the trail are along side the park entrance road and the trail is shared with mountain bikers but we did not find that to be a nuisance we just moved aside and let them by the bikers were very good at yelling to us to let us know how many were coming by which we found very considerate. All and all liked the trail.