Fort Clinch - Trail, Fernandina Beach, Florida

Fort Clinch - Trail, Fernandina Beach, Florida

DESCRIPTION

The trail is very well managed by the park (note: be careful of hikers, they are allowed to simultaneously hike the trail in the opposite direction.) we havent had any collisions yet though, and all the hikers I have come across have been courteous about moving out of the way for you. It's what I call a sharpen your skills track because you can do everything in one ride. It starts off kind of fast with just a few small hills and quick turns, then starts to get a little better, you start to hit some pretty steep ascents, followed by some descents. After you reach 1/4 of the way it starts into a decent technical section where you have to hop and navigate some roots along the way. after that you are about halfway done, the trail crosses the road and you start the second half back to the fort. The second half combines all three and thats what I love the most about the trail. You are running at speed while jumping logs, ascending and descending hills, navigationg roots and ditches, its a blast. Average completion time of the trail is about 42 minutes. If you are good you could do it in about 33 to 35 minutes.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 27, 2012]
beach 29er
Weekend Warrior

Fun trail, challenging, technical, tight turns, climbs, decents, a little bit of everthing. I really enjoy this trail. Only negative is some spots do get sandy without any recent rain and if there has been alot of traffic on it. The park service takes good care of the trail.

Customer Service

For mountain biking its either clockwise or counter clockwise. Currently counter cw.

Similar Products Used:

Santos

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 01, 2011]
james
Weekend Warrior

This past week I tried my luck on the trails. My buddy told me I would be sucking air by the time it was over and he was damn right. Lots of elevation and pretty fast trails. We havent had rain in a while so the trails were extremely sandy. As soon as i would start getting up some speed i would run right into a sand box. I imagine this would improve if we get some rain. All in all great trail. I would not recomend this for beginner riders and make sure your not the first one down the trails, lots of spiders.

Customer Service

only one way to go (clockwise when i went)

Similar Products Used:

hannah park, santos, hobos, graham swamp

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 07, 2011]
Anthony
Weekend Warrior

I've ridden the trail three times. The first and third time clockwise from the ranger station. The second time counter clockwise. The long stretches, dune hills and winds along the swamp make for a fun and challenging ride. You can gain a lot of speed on the down hills and long stretches. There are a lot of rolling turns and a few tight fits between trees and roots. Ive be lucky to see the wildlife along the trail. Over all a great ride!

Customer Service

Enter the trail head on the left near the ranger station. Ride the trail clockwise.

Similar Products Used:

Graham Swamp, Hanna Park, Hobos

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 27, 2009]
Logan_B
Weekend Warrior

Hey, I am 16 years old. I do mountain biking on my spare time and enjoy it greatly. This trail is not for begginers. There are many turns and dips that will catch you off-gaurd. This trail took me about an hour to complete. I busted a reflector and my right petal, and my right thumb. You do have to watch out for hikers though. All the ones I came across were more than polite enough to move out of my way. One tip for this trail: just cause you can go fast on some spots doesn't mean you should. Overall, I LOVED IT.

Customer Service

From the Ranger station and back.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 04, 2009]
kilcat
Weekend Warrior

This is a rolling hill single track shared with the hikers. The park rangers switch the direction of flow for the bikers. It's dangerous to go against the grain! There are too many blind corners. I fly down these curvy little hills. I am probably cruisin' for a bruisin'. Hopefully it will be me and the track and not a collision course with someone playing chicken. All in all it is 3 miles in and 3 miles back. The trail runs paralell on both sides of the main drag. You gotta do two laps or you will be leaving with a bad taste in your mouth.

Customer Service

Park by the beach ride your bike in to only pay a buck instaed of 3.25 and you will look like a cool local.

Similar Products Used:

Not Really.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 06, 2008]
Jon
Weekend Warrior

Rode Ft. Clinch for the first time a few days ago and it was a blast. I didn't expect to have much fun, just wanted something different from Hanna Park (our other local trail). Boy was I in for a treat. The trail is a bit under 7 miles, but it has a lot of elevation changes and is just great fun to ride. Direction changes, hills and drops are well planned by the trail crew to keep you moving. I expected a lot of loose sand, but there really was none. I went on a Tuesday and I dont think anyone had ridden since Sunday because I went through about a dozen big spider webs. Had a few spiders on the helmet and also saw a 4ft black snake, he was a ballsy snake, he didn't even leave the trail as I rode around him. There are a few places where the trail dumps onto the road, slow down here, I almost didn't slow down enough and was 5 ft from a fast moving SUV that I didnt hear at all.

Overall a very satisfying ride for such a short trail in the flattest part of the world.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 17, 2007]
Mike Permenter
Weekend Warrior

Sept 20007 Fun Trails, lots of roller coaster hills. A bit of soft sand can catch you by surprise. Great workout if you push it. Two new-be riders with us had to take the road back on the second half. The road is right next to the trails. It is nice that you can almost at any time jump back onto the blacktop. Nice change from Hanna Park more hills and less tree roots. No showers. Bring gallon of water to rinse off with. An hour up from Jacksonville. I will be coming back soon.

Customer Service

Pay $5.00 per car or $3.00 for one person at the gate go all the way to the end of the road and start up by the fort. The start is great good hills. Only part I did not care for was the first mile on the return section. Next time I will find a way to skip that part.

Similar Products Used:

Jacksonville Florida
Hanna Park
Two hours south of Jax is Santos and Reddick

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 23, 2007]
tech44
Weekend Warrior

Fun little trail for all skill levels. You can make it challenging by trying it fast. I did one lap with the wife and then a lap by myself. Definitely got the heart rate up on the second lap. However, if you're looking for something technically challenging this is not the trail for you.
Also, the trail was well maintained and not as sandy as you would think being on the beach. Hardly any sand at all actually. the mulched over any areas that had sand as far as I could tell.
The trail was well marked for the most part but here's one little tip: When you're on the east side of the trail it pops out on the road at a couple points and it's not obvious where to go. Don't cross to the other side unless you see the crosswalk markings on the road. Just continue on the road for a little bit and you'll see the trail start again. I assume this is because of the dune area you have to go around that can't be ridden on (you'll see it on the drive in).

Customer Service

I went clockwise.

Similar Products Used:

Hanna

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 13, 2007]
JaxRider
Weekend Warrior


It's a good break from riding Hannah all the time. This is a great trail for introducing anyone to Mtn. Biking/Trail Riding. It's very scenic, fun for the faster riders, yet do-able for the newbies and has great lunch spots in the area.
The trail is about 5 miles. Parking down by the fort (and the restrooms), you currently go clockwise until you almost get back to the park entrance. The park just switch the direction recently from counter-clockwise back to clockwise. They seem to do it periodicaly. Myself and my girlfriend both prefer counter-clockwise, because we like to end the ride with the rolling hills.
The trail is basically comprised into two sections. The section that runs along the east side of the main park road which is the marsh bank. It is more level with a few hills and unpredictable turns if you don't know the trail. Toward the back it has a couple of root patches and mushy spots close to the bank.
The section that runs along the West side of the main park road has the numerous rolling hills. It's a mature hammock on some old dunes and very scenic. This side of the road the trail has a much faster momentum. The faster you ride, the easier it flows. If your used to riding flat trails and ride slower, then you may have to use more leg to pedal up the hills. If you don't brake as much and use the speed coming down the hills, you'll hardly burn any energy and cardio poping up on the other hills.
The trail always seems hard packed and is well maintained. There is hardly any direct sunlight or wind coming through the trees, while riding.

Customer Service

Park Fee: $5.00 per vehicle

Always ask the gate keeper which way the trail direction is because some riders ride fast and going the wrong way could be messy. They have a map of the park, and the dotted line next to the main park road, is the trail. The trail is a loop with no intersecting or branch trails to confuse you.
Park down by the Fort and the restrooms. The course is currently running clockwise. This means the West section with the rolling hills is first. When you pop out of the woods and do not see painted crossing alley on the road, ride down the road while passing the tall white dunes (on your left) and the trail picks up again and crosses the road further down, closer to the gate.
When you do cross over to the east side, slow down a bit if you don't know the trail, because the root patches, tight turns and mushy spots come up quick. Then the trail gets more elevated half way down the East Section. There is one sandy bank on a large dip that usually pulls the newbies down. You'll know it when you get up and brush the sand off. It's really the only sandy spot that I ever remeber on the whole trail.

Similar Products Used:

Hannah

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 01, 2007]
aryckw
Weekend Warrior

As of year-end 2006 the trails are riding great. Recent rainfall, along with some trail maintenance by local volunteers have made this trail a solid ride. Sandy areas have been reduced to a minimum and there are a number of good momentum sections throughout the trail. First half of the trail (starting from the fort entrance) is great for sharpening technical skills, second half is faster with more rhythm sections. The whole loop provides a great aerobic workout and will keep you paying attention, especially at any speeds, with its overall difficulty.

Customer Service

Trail is riding counter-clockwise. I prefer to start from the fort entrance.

Similar Products Used:

Hanna Park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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