A part of the park system since 1935, 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. During the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps began preserving and rebuilding many of the structures of the abandoned fort. Daily tours with period reenactors depicting garrison life bring the fort to life for visitors. Sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing are popular activities at the beach. Anglers can fish from the pier or take advantage of excellent surf fishing. Hikers and bicyclists can enjoy a six-mile trail through the park. Self-guided nature trails provide opportunities to learn about and observe native plants and wildlife. A full-facility campground and a youth camping area provide overnight accommodations.
Fort Clinch State Park holds a Living History Union Garrison the first weekend of each month as volunteers in Civil War-era attire portray daily life at the fort as it was in 1864. Soldiers will answer questions about being stationed at Fort Clinch, while visitors tour the fort and grounds. Fees include the $6 per vehicle park entrance fee, plus $2 per person Fort admission. For more information call 277-7274, or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch.