It’s no secret that Amelia Island offers a little bit of everything to visitors and locals alike. From beautiful beaches to historic architecture, you’ll find it all! One of our favorite things to appreciate around the area? The outdoors, of course! There’s an abundance of state parks and trails in the area featuring the beauty of the marshes and maritime forest. Here’s your guide to hiking on Amelia Island.
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Your Complete Guide to Hiking on Amelia Island
Amelia Island State Park
The Amelia Island Trail runs from Peters Point Beachfront Park to Amelia Island State Park, one of the most convenient trails on the island. This trail is mostly flat and suitable for all ages and skill levels. This trail is part of the East Coast Greenway, a growing initiative to create a trail system from Florida to Maine. Admire the beauty of the tree-lined paths through the maritime forest.
Fort Clinch State Park
You’ll find a 6-mile loop trail in Fort Clinch State Park near Fernandina Beach. The trail is moderate difficultly with some elevation as it takes you along the beautiful marshes of Amelia Island while offering some beach access. You can even take a break to hunt for shells and shark teeth along the coastline. We recommend bringing water and bug spray for this hike.
Little Talbot Island State Park
South of Amelia Island you’ll find Little Talbot Island State Park. One hiking trail you’ll find here is a 4-mile loop rated easy to moderate. As the trail winds towards to coast, you’ll stumble upon a white sand beach. It’s best if you go during low tide to see more of the beach area and driftwood that creates a picturesque backdrop.
Big Talbot Island State Park
The Timucuan Trail in Big Talbot Island State Park is a real treat! The trail is paved until you reach Boneyard Beach, which is scattered with salt-washed live oaks and cedars. Visit the Bluffs to enjoy a picnic at a pavilion overlooking the water. This type of unique beach has become rather famous to the area!
Find Respite at Our Historic Bed and Breakfast
You’ll want a comfortable place to stay after returning from a long day of hiking. The Addison on Amelia Island welcomes you! After spending the day hiking around the island, you’ll return to a complimentary happy hour with fine wines, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and wonderful company! Plus, our historic bed and breakfast is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Fernandina so you can enjoy the many offerings in the area like local dining and easy beach access.
Check our availability to start planning your outdoor adventure through Amelia Island! We’ll be here every step of the way to offer travel tips and insider information to make this trip your best one yet. We look forward to hosting your stay!