Posts Tagged ‘Florida Birding Trail Trail’

Did You Know?

July 27th, 2017 by David Jones

IMG_8781IMG_8990IMG_9469IMG_8808IMG_8448Our beautiful little barrier island in northern Florida offers up plenty…pristine beaches, quaint walkable downtown, top-notch restaurants, fantastic water activities and plenty of history.  But did you know Amelia Island has 13 MILES of unspoiled beaches, most with free public access? Or that we have 42 MILES of scenic biking and hiking trails?  What about that it was named for a princess and was a home to wayward pirates?  How about that it has 117 holes of golf with 7 holes on the Atlantic Ocean?  And that it has a 50 BLOCK National Historic District with 100-plus restaurants (more than 30 within walking distance from our inn)!  Did you know that 8 FLAGS have flown over the island since 1564?  Learn even more when you come to stay awhile! See you soon on the island. 

Searching for Shark Teeth at Fort Clinch

August 28th, 2013 by David Jones

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Julie and I spent about an hour near the fort to look for shark teeth that get deposited on the beach whenever the Corps of Engineers dredge the channel between Amelia and Cumberland Islands.  We were lucky to find three teeth and our guests have found many more.

 

 

 

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Many people don’t realize that our tiny little island hosts a beautiful, award-winning state park, Fort Clinch.  This 10,000-plus acre park boasts the title, “National Gold Medal Winner” and is America’s only two-time winner.  Not only is it home to the Great Florida Birding Trail and other floral and fauna, you can bask on its pristine beaches, search for rare shells and shark teeth, and take in some history there!   This park provides a critical habitat for numerous wildlife such as white tailed deer, bobcats and raccoons!  With its numerous hiking and biking trails, don’t be surprised if you run into one!  The first weekend of every month the park holds its Civil War Fort Garrisons.  History comes alive as costumed soldiers and civilians recreate life as it might have been during the War Between the States.  Activities include artillery and medical demonstrations, soldier drills, and duties from the Fort’s laundry, infirmary, kitchen, barracks, quartermaster and carpenter’s shops.

Lose Yourself on Egan’s Creek Greenway

May 14th, 2012 by David Jones

Flowers Abound on Greenway

 

I felt like a first grader on a nature walk!  Venture out to Egan’s Creek Greenway on Amelia Island and you are sure to get lost in your surroundings. . . in a good way!  Around every bend you are in for surprises.  From native fauna to local birds and wildlife, this natural  setting with its grassy trails is a designated stop on the Great Florida  Birding Trail.

 

 

Native Birds Abundant

View of Marshland on Greenway

 

 

Rangers have developed and marked two trails, a red trail and a blue trail.  Maps are available to help guide your walk or bike ride.  Depending on the season, visitors can see a variety of birds and wildlife within the 300-plus protected acres.