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Camping

Campers span a broad range of age, ability and ruggedness, and campsites are designed in many ways as well. Many campgrounds have sites with facilities such as fire rings, barbecue grills, utilities, shared bathrooms and laundry, as well as close access to recreational facilities, but not all campsites have similar levels of development. Campsites can range from a patch of dirt, to a level, paved pad with sewer and electricity. For more information on facilities, see the campsite and RV park articles. On Amelia Island, Cumberland Island and the Talbot Islands, campsites cover each of these options.

Amelia Island campers can camp closer to their car and their tent, while having access to hot water, tent interior lighting, and technological changes to camping gear. For those camping in recreational vehicles (RVs), options include air conditioning, bathrooms, kitchens, showers, and home theatre systems. Tent camping sites often cost less than campsites with full amenities, and most allow direct access by car. Some "walk-in" or "paddle up" sites lie a short distance away from the nearest road or river, but do not require full backpacking equipment.

One of the mainstays of Amelia Island is Fort Clinch State Park. Its camping sites offer beauty both on the river and on the beachfront. In addition, the park offers a special area for youth groups — Scouts, church, or school — with its own bath facilities and campsites.

Camping along the river at Fort Clinch means beautiful sunsets over the Amelia River and an experience cooled by the shade of centuries-old oaks. A special playground area, modern bathing facilities, electrical hook-ups and proximate access to the Fort itself make river camping at Fort Clinch very special.

The beach camping at Fort Clinch offers oceanfront views of the Atlantic and its peaceful sunrises. A great place to stay in the cooler weather, the beach camping area gives full sun to warm activities throughout the year.

Camping also is available just off the south end of the island at Little Talbot state park and just north across the Amelia River on Cumberland Island (primitive camping only). With a variety of camping areas — beach, marsh, and wooded — these parks round out the camping experience for the outdoor enthusiast. Be sure to look at the state park information on this site for additional information or visit Florida State Parks.

For Cumberland Island camping rules and information, visit National Park Service. Both developed and wilderness camping is available. Reservations are encouraged and may be made up to six months in advance. All camping is limited to seven days. Spring and late fall are peak seasons. Entrance fees, camping fees and ferry fees are additional.

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Drive Time:

  • Jacksonville 45 min
  • St Augustine 1 hr 30 min
  • Savannah 2 hrs
  • Orlando 3 hrs
  • Tampa 4 hrs
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