Amelia Island, Florida, Camping

Amelia Island, Florida, Camping
Amelia Island, Florida, is in the northeast corner of the state, off the coast of Georgia and Florida. The island has miles of sugar-white sandy beaches, prime for camping and water sports. You can surf, scuba dive, snorkel, beachcomb, sea kayak and look for birds, manatees and dolphin. You might even catch a glimpse of an Atlantic right whale, one of the rarest whales on the planet. Amelia Island has several options for camping and parks.

Little Talbot Island State Park

The camping area at Little Talbot Island State Park is a quarter-mile away from the beach along Myrtle Creek. RV sites have electric and water connections, and tent sites have fire rings and picnic tables. There are freshwater taps for drinking and cooking water. Two bath houses have toilets and showers to freshen up after a day spent swimming or exploring. In addition to the water sports, there is a nature trail running through the island. Pets are allowed if leashed, but they may not go onto the beach.

Little Talbot Island State Park
Park Headquarters/Offices
12157 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32226
904-251-2320
stateparks.com

Fort Clinch State Park

There is a full campground at Fort Clinch State Park, with sites set amid moss-covered trees. Tent sites are on level surfaces with picnic tables and fire rings. RV sites have water and electric connections, along with picnic tables. There are toilets and showers, as well as taps for drinking water. Pets are allowed if leashed. Fort Clinch is a restored 19th century Civil War fort open for tours. Hiking trails are accessible from the park.

Fort Clinch State Park
2601 Atlantic Ave.
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
904-277-7274
floridastateparks.org

Bow and Arrow Campground

The Bow and Arrow Campground caters mostly to the RV crowd but will accommodate tent campers on a space-available basis. There are 30- and 50-amp electric, water, sewer, cable TV and Wi-Fi connections at RV sites. Toilets and showers, a laundry room, propane service and barbecue grills are available. Pets are allowed if leashed. The campground is 15 minutes form the beaches where you can sea kayak, swim, snorkel, surf or scuba dive.

Bow and Arrow Campground
850430 US Hwy. 17
Yulee, FL 32097
904-225-5577
bowandarrowcampground.com

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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