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Bicycling

The park drive provides 3.3 miles of paved road for those wishing to ride a touring bicycle through the oak-shaded canopy drive that ends at the visitor center for historic Fort Clinch. Please stay in a single-file line as the park drive is narrow and winding. Early morning and late afternoon are best suited for bicycle riding on the park drive as the park receives quite a bit of vehicle traffic between 10a.m. and 4p.m.

A 6-mile off-road multi-use trail is located adjacent to the park drive and provides a more adventurous ride through the maritime forest as dune elevation changes provide rolling hills and turns. The trail is considered an intermediate level trail, and caution should be used at all times.

Helmets must be worn when bicycling the multi-use trail. The multi-use trail is one-way for bicyclists and two-way for hikers, so please watch for hikers along the trail. Parking for the multi-use trail is at the visitor center, and the trail can be accessed from multiple points along the park drive.

There are several miles of beach with hard-packed sand that can be ridden with large tire bicycles during low tides. Please walk bikes on boardwalks leading to beaches. Beach cruisers (bicycles) are available for rent at the visitorcenter for a nominal fee.

  • Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.

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Birding

The park offers outstanding birding opportunities and is one of the first stops on theGreat Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. The abundance of dunes, beaches, coastal strand, maritime hammock, and the park’s salt and fresh water marshes offer a variety of habitats withover 100 species of birds that inhabit the parkpermanently or stop during the migratory season.

  • Favorite viewing areas include the Egans Creek Overlook and directly south of the jetty. The Great Florida Birding Trail Exhibit islocated at the beach parking area.

Woodpeckers abound in our forests, includingthe pileated, downy, red-bellied and redheaded species. Red-tailed hawks,red-shouldered hawks, barred owls, great horned owls, purple sandpipers, painted buntings, warblers, vireos, wrensand numerous wading birds make regular visits. Bald eagles, Northern mockingbirds, scarlet tanagers, rufous-sided towhees, indigo buntings, gull-billed terns, wood storks, roseate spoonbills, magnificent frigate birds, piping plovers, salt marsh skipper and juniper hairstreak have all been counted in the area.

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Camping

Enjoy the conveniences of modern camping while taking in the rich cultural and natural history of one of Florida's oldest and most diverse state parks. Nestled at Florida's most northeasterly tip, Fort Clinch State Park offers69 campsites in two separate and unique campgrounds.

  • The Amelia River campground is located at the north end of the park along the St. Marys River.Shady, Spanish moss-laden oak trees lend an old Florida ambiance to the campground's 42 sites witha breathtaking view of the Amelia River just a short distance from each campsite. Thebathroom is air conditioned during the warmer months.
  • Located along the northeast tip of the park, just steps from the ocean, Atlantic Beach campground offers 21 RV and six tent-only sites that are typical of the Florida beach atmosphere, surrounded by snow white sand dunes and sunny sites. Both campgrounds have a dump station, laundry machines and beautiful new accessible heated bathrooms with showers.
  • Each campsite has a fire ring, picnic table, potable water and a mixture of 30- and 50-amp electric hook-ups. Specific details about each site can be viewed on our reservations website. The dump station facilities are free of charge to registered campers, and they are also available for day visitorsfor a fee. Well-behaved and attended pets are welcome at both campgrounds.
  • Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance. For reservations, visit the Florida State Parks reservations website or call 800-326-3521 or TDD 888-433-0287.

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Camping, Primitive Group

Surrounded by wilderness and shaded by magnificent live oaks, the primitivegroup camp facility offers a great wilderness retreat and excellent hiking opportunities. Considered one of the bestgroup camping facilities in the state park system, three spacious sites in thegroup campground accommodate up to 75 campers.

Located adjacent tothe Egans Creek Marsh, eachsiteprovides a group fire ring andaccess to potable water andrestrooms within 100 feet of the sites. Modern accessible restrooms with hot and coldwater are provided.

  • Reservations forprimitive groupcamping can be made up to 11 months in advance for youth groups and 30 days in advance for adult groups (if the sites have not been reserved by youth groups) by calling the park at 904-277-7274.

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Fishing

Fishing within the park is quite popularwith multiple options for anglers to enjoy a full day of fishing. Popular locations include surf fishing along the Atlantic shoreline and St. Marys Inlet as well as adjacent to the jetties near Fort Clinch, which is accessible by the east and west inlet parking areas.

Depending on the season, the most popular fish caught within the park are redfish, black drum, whiting, flounder, mullet, sheepshead, sea trout and an occasional grouper. Popular bait choices include dead or live shrimp, mud minnows, finger mullet and squid, along with a variety of lures. A small variety of fishing tackle and bait is available for purchase at the visitor center.

  • Fishing is permitted in accordance with Florida state law. Please visit theFlorida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissionwebsite to obtain the most current saltwater fishing regulations and toobtain a fishing license online. The park does not sell fishing licenses. All fishing within the park must conform to the regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.
  • Free Fishing Clinics: Sponsored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and local businesses, an annual free KidsFishing Clinic “Take A Kid Fishing Day” and a free women’s fishing clinic are held at the park. These clinics teach participants how to be responsible anglers, tie knots, cast, safely release a fish and much more.

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Geo-Seeking

Explore the park in a new and challenging way. Experienced Geocachers have requested permission to hide caches containing trinkets, treasuresor information in various places around the park.

Please check theGeocachingwebsite for the most up-to-date information and clues to locate these caches.

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Hiking

Fort Clinch offers a 6-mile trail for hikers and off-road bicyclists. Traffic 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 3 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.

  • Willow Pond Hiking Trail is located centrally along the park drive. Parking is available. Two loops encircle a series of freshwater ponds. The shorter loop takes around 20 minutes to complete, and the longer loop takes 45 to 50 minutes. Wildlife observation is very good on these trails. Alligators, deerand a variety of bird life can be seen in this area. A guided nature walk is offeredevery Saturday at 10:30 a.m., weather permitting.
  • A short quarter-mile hiking trail can be accessed from the west inlet parking area. The trail travels through maritime hammock along the edges of steep dune elevations.
  • Hiking along the beaches of the Cumberland Sound,visitors can stand on the northernmost reaches of Florida and look over to Cumberland Island National Seashore where wild horses sometimes roam the beaches. Some of the largest dunes in the state loom over this section of coast, where rugged windblown oaks and gnarled cedar trees anchor the sands in steep inclines.
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Mountain Biking

A 6-mile off-road multi-use trail is located adjacent to the park drive and provides an adventurous ride through maritime forest while dune elevation changes provide rolling hills and turns. The trail is considered an intermediate level trail and caution should be used at all times.

Helmets must be worn when bicycling the multi-use trail. The multi-use trail is one-way for bicyclists and two-way for hikers, so please watch for hikers along the trail. Parking for the multi-use trail is located at the visitor center, and the trail can be accessed from multiple points along the park drive.

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Paddling

Visitors whowant to launch a canoe or kayak from the park can use the East or West Inlet parking areas accessed through the Fort Clinch visitor center parking lot.

Visitors should exercise caution as this activity is discouraged for all but the most experienced sea kayakers. St. Marys Inlet is known for extremely strong and unpredictable currents and is a very active shipping channel. A kayak cart is recommended due to the distance from the parking areas.

Day visitors arenot permitted to launch canoes or kayaks from the Amelia River Campground or Atlantic Beach Campground as these areas are reserved for registered campers only.Visitors may utilize two free public boat ramps adjacent to the park - Dee Dee Bartel's public boat ramp is available free of charge; there is minimal walking distance.

Caution should be used - this access provides a bit more shelter, but dangerous currents and an active boat channel are still a concern.The Egans Creek public boat ramp provides direct access to Egans Creek and has less boat traffic and currents.

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Picnicking

The visitor center picnic area is located in a maritime hammock area surrounded by relic dunes and oak trees. Visitors will find freestanding grills,picnic tables, and a playgroundfor children.

An accessible parking area is available with a sidewalk leading to this picnic area. Abeach picnic area with tables is located adjacent to the main beach boardwalk. Please note this is an open, sunny picnic area with limited shade.

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Shelling

Beach combing or shelling is a favorite pastime of many visitors. Collectors can finda multitude of shells along with a variety of fossilized shark’steeth. Plan your shelling around the low phase of the tide, which exposes the mostbeach area.

Please be aware that most everything you find on the beachstill could be alive and should be returned to the water if an animal is using it. Favorite shelling locations include the areasnorth and south of the jetty rocks. Favorite shark tooth areas are along the shoreline adjacent to the fort where beach sand has been nourished.

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Surfing

Surf the pristine Atlantic shoreline of Fort Clinch State Park. The beach break is good on the right swell and wind. Please be careful when surfing at Fort Clinch. There are no lifeguards on duty and this is a popular swimming beach.

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Swimming

Swimming is available in the Atlantic Ocean south of the jetty. No lifeguards are on duty; swim at your own risk.

Visitors are reminded to pay close attention to theBeach Warning Flag Signsposted at welcome station and at the Atlantic beach access boardwalk. These flags indicate the swimming conditions at the beach. Swimming in all other areas of the park is prohibited due to dangerous currents and steep slopes.  

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Tours

Park rangers and volunteers provide a wide variety of programs and activities that are sure to appeal to your adventurous side. Join us for programs that will immerse you inthe park.

Visit our events section for a list of upcoming activities and events. Contact the park for information on upcoming programs, eventsand projects, or group tours by calling 904-277-7274.

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Weddings

Fort Clinch State Park provides an excellent backdrop and is perfect for smaller weddings. Popular wedding locations include the Atlantic Beach, along the St. Marys Inlet and inside the fort. Callthe park administrative office at 904-277-7226 for more information (Monday through Friday, 8a.m. to 4 p.m.).

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Wildlife Viewing

The secret to viewing wildlife at Fort Clinch is learning where and when to look, from the beaches to the nature trails. Here are a few suggestions to increase your likelihood of viewing wildlife in the park:

  • Thejetty boardwalk provides great opportunities for viewing shorebirds, osprey, pelican, dolphin and sea turtles. Deer are regularly seen foraging in the dunesduring early morning and late afternoon hours.
  • The bird pavilion provides a great location for viewing songbirds and migratory birds such as the painted bunting. Occasionally, bald eagles, Cooper's hawks and American kestrels are seen in the beach parking-area borders.
  • Willow Pond Nature trail provides a wide variety of habitat for alligators, raccoons, songbirds and an occasional bobcat.
  • Egans Creek Overlook provides an open vista of the marsh habitatpopular with wading birds,including great blue heron, great white egrets and roseate spoonbills, as well as the occasional alligator. There is a beautiful view of the Amelia Island lighthouse.
  • The shoreline along St. Marys Inlet provides great opportunities for viewing dolphinand an occasional right whale. Visitors with binoculars might see the wild horses on Cumberland Island shoreline just to the north of the park. Deer often grazein the grasslands adjacent to the fort during early morning and late afternoon. Gopher tortoise are seen along the dune ridgesduring the warmer months.
  • The best times for viewing most animals is when they are more activein early morning and prior to sunset.

Amenities

Fort Clinch State Park is committed to providing a variety of amenities accessible to visitors. These amenities include:

  • All beach access boardwalksand buildings.
  • Viewing platforms along the boardwalks to the beach.
  • Standard and all-terrain wheelchairs forenjoying the beach and other areas. Please contact the park in advance at 904-277-7274 toreserve and use this equipment.
  • Two accessible campsites in the River Campground. CampsitesNos. 35 and 25 are equipped with concrete pads, water service and grills as well as accessible walkways to the restroom.
  • All Atlantic Beach campsites include solid surfacing and accessible routes to the restroom facility.
  • Both campground restrooms are fully accessible.
  • Due to the historic nature of Fort Clinch,certain portions of the fort are not accessible; however, we offer all-terrain wheelchairsplus access to lower-level fort structures with the use of ramps installed upon request. Please contact the ranger station and visitor center staff upon arrival.
  • You can contact the soldier on duty in the fort for additional assistance. Sign language interpreters areavailable for the fort programs with a minimum of two weeks’ notice. A wide variety of large-print brochures are also available upon request.

Service animals are welcome in all areas of the park.

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Beach

Three distinct sections of beach shoreline provide a wide variety of activities for visitors to enjoy.

  1. The 0.75-mile section of Atlantic Beach just south of the jetty provides opportunities for swimming, surfing, sunbathing and surf fishing. Please pay attention to ocean conditions at all times, as the ocean always presents some degree of danger. The park displays a beach warning flag system at the designated entrance of the park that provides general conditions of the surf. Lifeguards are not on duty and swimming is at your own risk. Restrooms, dressing rooms and outdoor showers are located in both beach access boardwalks.
  2. The shoreline just north of thejetty provides for more relaxing activities such as sunbathing, shell collecting and surf fishing. Shell collecting is popular near the jetty rocks and along the shoreline. Visitors can view a wide variety of wildlife, including resting shorebirds, dolphins, and deer foraging in the dunes. Please do not disturbresting shorebirds as this causes them to expend energy that is necessary for their migratory journeys, and reduces natural habitatfor resting and nesting activities. Swimming is not permitted north of the fishing pier due to dangerous currents of the St Marys Inlet.
  3. The shoreline near historic Fort Clinch provides ample opportunities for fishing, shark tooth hunting, nature and wildlife viewing, and more. Bring your binoculars and you might be able to catch a view of the wild horses foraging along the shoreline of Cumberland Island National Seashore, which lies directly to the north.

Fishing opportunities are ample adjacent to the jetty rocks for redfish, flounder, spotted trout and whiting. Shark tooth hunting is popular in this area as they are usually pumped onto the beach during dredging of St. Marys Inlet. Swimming is prohibited in this area due to dangerous currents and steep drop-offs associated with the inlet.

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Campfire Circles

Fort Clinch campfire programs are an excellent opportunity for interacting withFlorida park rangers!Programs are held every Saturday evening November through April, weather permitting.

Campfire programs are fun, free and open to all registered campers. Program topicsvary from ranger to ranger and week to week.Past topics have includedFlorida animals, how to start a campfire, andevening nature trail hikes, just to name a few.

Special hikes are also held at varying times.Program topics and times are typically posted a week in advance by flier in both campgrounds and at the ranger station. For more information about the campfire programs, contact the ranger station at 904-277-7274.

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Campgrounds

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Gardens

A small historic herb garden is located around the museum building adjacent to the visitor center and provides examples of medicinal herbs and plants used during theCivil War.

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Historic Site

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Historic Site

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Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th-century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought here, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars. Fort Clinch is onein a series of masonry forts constructed between 1816 and 1867 known as the Third System of Fortifications.

Fort Clinch was built at the mouth of the St. Marys River to protect the natural deep-water port of Fernandina from becoming a point of invasion by a foreign power. In addition to serving as a sentinel against invasion, Fort Clinch also protected the eastern link of Florida’s only cross-state railroad.

After being abandoned for war purposes,the fort fell into disrepair, and sand accumulated throughout the structure. A New Dealwas in the works for Fort Clinch. In 1933, during the midst of the Great Depression when more than 25 percent of the nation was unemployed, Franklin D. Roosevelt initiated the Civilian Conservation Corps Program to put men back to work and simultaneously preserve and protect our nation’s natural and cultural treasures.

Now recognized as the single greatest conservation program in America, the CCC constructed more than 800 parksnationwide. CCC Company 1420 worked at Fort Clinch State Park, constructing the museum, campground and park roads as well as beginning the restoration of Historic Fort Clinch by removing an extensive amount of sand and debris.

Today, visitors can see how Fort Clinch might have looked in 1864. Staff and volunteers in period Civil War uniforms depict daily life, allowing visitors to take a step back in time.

  • Admission to themuseumis free with the park entry fee. All visitors are encouraged to tour the museum before entering Fort Clinch. A $2.50 per personfee is charged.

Inside Fort Clinch, visitorscan tour five bastions, guard rooms, a prison, enlisted men’s barracks, bakery, blacksmith shop, storehouses, hospital, kitchens, lumber sheds and galleries. Every roomis furnished to re-create a depiction of the site as garrisoned by the First New York Volunteer Engineers in 1864.

Two large ramps give visitors access to the rampart and gun deck with its 10-inch smooth-bore cannon. Standing on the gun deck provides the visitor with breathtaking 360-degree views of Cumberland Sound, Cumberland Island, the mouth of the St. Marys River, the Atlantic Ocean and Fort Clinch State Park.

Fort Clinch offers a unique living history experience. A soldier is on duty every day of the year, including holidays. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and interact with the soldier as he goes about his daily activities.

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Interpretive Exhibit

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Meetings and Retreats

Thepark's concession, AmericanParks, offers a small conference/meeting room suitable for small wedding receptions or meetings. The room has a 40-person capacity and is furnished with tables and chairs. Please call 904-277-7221 for more information.

Adjacent to the visitor center, the Fort Clinch Museum isopen from 9a.m. until 4:30p.m.every day of the year including holidays. Museum entry is free with paid park admission, but entrance to the actual fort is $2.50 per person.

The museum displays many of the artifacts associated with Fort Clinch and supplements the unique living history experience presentedby soldiers in the fort.

A 10-minute introductory video details the history of Fort Clinch while giving visitors an introduction to what they will encounter inside the fort itself. The video provides panoramic views of the rooms as well as commentary from the soldiers for any visitor with an accessibility concern.

A timeline display explains the importance and history of third system forts such as Fort Clinch. A large wall display explains the unique brickwork used in site construction.A flanking wall display explains armaments and projectiles from the Civil War era.

Projectiles are arranged so that visitors can touch and compare. The museum contains two large freestanding displays devoted to later periods in the military life of Fort Clinch. The first is a restored Gatling gun and carriage, and the second is a display of Fort Clinch in the World War II period when the site served as a naval surveillance and communication station.

Dozens of photographs line the walls showing different stages in the fort’s construction as well as military events. The museum houses many smaller artifacts from Fort Clinch during the Civil War period.

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Parking

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Pets

Well-behaved dogs are welcomeon all nature trails, hiking trails, along the park drive and within camping areas. Dogs must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times and cannot be left unattended. They are not permitted in buildings including the fort, boardwalks or on the beach.

  • See our Pet Policy
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Playground

Childrencan enjoy a modernpark playground adjacent to the visitor center picnic area. The shadedplayground offers swings, slides and a few interactive panels. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Recycling

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Restroom Facilities

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RV

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Shower Station

Outdoor showers are available at both Atlantic Beach boardwalks near the restrooms for rinsing off sand and saltwater.

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Visitor Center

The visitor center offers a variety of snacks and refreshments, including ice cream, cookies, candy, granola, soda, water and chips. Visitors can purchase a variety of supplies and souvenirs, including firewood, ice, bait, clothing such as shirts and hats, and educational supplies including Civil War items, books and more. 

  • The visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located at the northern end of the park 3 miles from the park entrance and a half-mile from the River Campground.
  • Visitors who wish to visit Historic Fort Clinchmust purchase tickets at the visitor center for $2.50 per person. Children under six admitted free.

A brochure is provided with a diagram and detailed history of the fort. Please be sure to read important safety information before entering the fort.A museumadjacent to the visitor centerintroducesvisitors to the history of Fort Clinch.

There is alsoa variety of artifacts and displays including a personal collectionof 1st Sgt. George D. Hughes, who served at the fort during the Civil War, as well as a restoredGatling gun.

Visitors also canfinda wide variety of historic weapons, fort artifacts, and a short video depicting the life of a Union soldier. 

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Water Fountain

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Wheelchair Accessible

Fort Clinch State Park is in various stages of accessibility. All beach access boardwalks and buildings are ADA accessible and there are several accessible viewing platforms along the boardwalks. The park provides equipment for visitors with mobility needs including standardand all-terrain wheelchairs forenjoying the beach and other areas. Please contact the park in advance at 904-277-7274 toreserve and utilize this equipment.

The park offers two fully accessible campsites in the River Campground. CampsitesNos. 35 and 25 are equipped with concrete pads, water service and grills as well as accessible walkways to the restroom.All Atlantic Beach campsites include solid surfacing and accessible routes to the restroom facility. Both campground restrooms are fully accessible.

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Due to the historic nature of the Fort Clinch structure, certain portions of the fort are not accessible; however, we offer all-terrain wheelchairs, plus access to lower-level fort structures with the use of ramps installed upon request. Please contact the ranger station and visitor center staff upon arrival.

You can contact the soldier on duty in the fort for additional assistance. Sign-language interpreters areavailable for the fort programs with a minimum of two weeks’ notice. A wide variety of large print brochures are also available upon request.

FAQs

Do Florida State Parks have laundry facilities? ›

Laundry facilities are available. For reservations, visit the Florida State Parks reservation website or call 800-326-3521 or TDD 888-433-0287.

When you visit a Florida State Park What do you experience? ›

With it you'll have access to canoeing, camping, hiking, birding, fishing, photography, and 100 miles of sandy white beaches. At Florida state parks you'll find swimming, boating, boat tours, geocaching, cave diving, archaeological sites, character re-enactors, educational lectures, and guided tours.

Can you take a boat to Bahia Honda State Park? ›

For more information, visit Bahia Honda Park's concession website. Boating is a very popular at Bahia Honda because boaters have access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. All boats must remain 400 feet from the shoreline once out of the marina area.

How much are the cabins at Silver Springs State Park? ›

Wi-Fi provided by the Friends of Silver Springs State Park is available at the ranger station. Pets are not permitted in the cabins or anywhere in the cabin area. There is a minimum two-night stay in cabins. Cabin rental fee: $110 per night, plus tax, plus a nonrefundable $6.70 reservation fee.

Do Florida state parks have showers? ›

Florida's state parks have plenty of options for camping throughout the state. Full-facility campsites for tent campers and RVers include water, electricity, a grill and picnic table, along with centralized showers, restrooms and dump station.

Can you swim in Silver Springs? ›

Can I swim at Silver Springs? As of now, swimming is not permitted at Silver Springs. Boating, kayaking and canoeing are alternatives guests can enjoy in order to experience our beautiful waters first hand. Can I bring my own kayak to Silver Springs?

Do seniors get a discount at Florida State Parks? ›

A 50% discount on the base camping fee is available to Florida residents who are at least 65 years of age or Florida citizens possessing a current Social Security disability award certificate or a 100% disability award certificate from the federal government.

What is the most visited Florida State park? ›

Most-Visited State Park

More than a million people drive across the Dunedin Causeway just north of Clearwater every year to visit Honeymoon Island State Park.

How much does it cost to get into Bahia Honda? ›

All visitors are required to pay an entrance fee: $8.00* per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $2.00* Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

Can you drink alcohol at Bahia Honda? ›

Alcoholic beverage consumption is allowed in designated areas only. For camping or cabin reservations, contact ReserveAmerica at (800) 326-3521, (866) I CAMP FL or TDD (888) 433-0287 or visit ReserveAmerica.com.

Can you swim at Bahia Beach? ›

A health advisory has been issued for Bahia beach due to high bacteria levels. This should be considered a potential risk to the bathing public and swimming is not recommended. Samples taken were above threshold for enterococci bacteria.

Can you drink alcohol at Silver Springs? ›

alcohol. Alcohol is not permitted on the Silver River.

What does it cost to get in Silver Springs? ›

Admission to Silver Springs State Park is $8 per vehicle. The park is open 365 days per year, including holidays from 8 am until sundown.

Is there a parking fee at Silver Springs State Park? ›

We are new Florida residents and went to Silver Springs for the first time. To get in you have to pay $8.00 per car, which we thought was expensive for a Florida State Park. During this time of the yesr its empty since many people returned north. We decided to go on the glass bottom boat that everyone speaks about.

Are there Gators in Silver Springs? ›

Silver Springs State Park is known to be home to “many” alligators, and they thrive in the water and on banks of the Silver River, according to The Florida Guidebook. The park is about 85 miles northwest of Orlando.

Can you see monkeys at Silver Springs? ›

You can see wild monkeys at Silver Springs State Park! While there are many theories that surround why these rhesus monkeys are here in the first place, it is quite the sight to see in person! It's said these monkeys have been around since the 1930's after escaping an island on the Silver River.

Are the monkeys still at Silver Springs? ›

But at Silver Springs State Park, the hordes of rhesus macaques are no longer a planned part of the show. They've been roaming wild since the 1930s. The monkeys have attracted tourists — and controversy — for years.

Is there a senior discount for Florida State Parks? ›

State Park Senior Discounts

The Florida State Pass, for example, offers a 50% discount to those 65 or older but to get that discount they must be Florida residents. That requirement, or that the vehicle entering must have plates from that state, is fairly common.

Can you drink alcohol in Florida State Parks? ›

Consumption of alcohol is not permitted in public locations within state parks, including beaches, tubing/paddling areas, or first-come first-served picnicking areas.

Can you carry a gun in a state park in Florida? ›

Florida State Parks honors Chapter 790, Florida Statutes, which states that if you have a license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm, you are permitted to carry the weapon concealed on your person while in a state park.

Can you take shells from Florida State Parks? ›

Shelling is a popular activity at the park during the winter months. Visitors often find calico clams, cockles and many other species of shells. Live shelling is prohibited in all Florida State Parks.

How long can you stay at a Florida State Park? ›

Maximum continuous length of stay in any one park is 28 nights.

Are Florida State Parks free? ›

Admission. $8 per vehicle (up to eight people). $4 single-occupant vehicle. $2 pedestrian, bicyclist, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

Do Florida State Parks allow dogs? ›

Domestic pets are permitted in designated day-use areas in most Florida State Parks. Exceptions are including, but not limited to, Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

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