Fall is a magical time to visit our beautiful local state parks and do some hiking and biking on the trails. We have Fort Clinch less than a mile away with its many nature trails and natural dunes http://www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch/. Another highly recommended day trip is the ferry to Cumberland Island to our north, which features the ruins of Dungeness, Playgrounds of the rich and famous in the early 20th century, magnificent nature and wildlife.
To the south, inside of a 20 mile radius, you can visit all seven of the parks, which officially comprise of Talbot Islands State Parks. Locally we know that all these attractions are accessible via a stretch of Florida’s A1A coastal road, immortalized by Jimmy Buffett’s 1974 album of that same name. From the North part of Jacksonville, the road comes up as Heckscher Drive, where it meets up with the Mayport ferry Service connecting to Jacksonville Beach. This stretch of A1A is surrounded by state parks and many other attractions such as Kingsley Plantation and Huguenot Park.
The seven parks are Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park , Amelia Island State Park ,Fort George State Park, George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park , Little Talbot Island State Park , Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park and Big Talbot Island State Park .
For an eco-friendly experience you won’t soon forget, sign up for a guided tour of Fort George Island on a cross terrain Segway withEcomotion Tours. This 2 hour tour departs from the historic Ribault Club and visits the Kingsley Plantation while traveling along more than 3 miles of maritime forest, abundant with plant and animal life. No experience necessary, but advance reservations are required so please call 904-251-9477 for more information.
These parks abound in natural settings and many animals and birds, representative of the typical barrier island. Whether you are into Kayaking in the marshes or hiking, biking or birding, Amelia Island is the place for you year round.
Also at a short distance from the Inn is one of the entrances to the Egans Creek Green Way, a 300 acre protected nature preserve with a network of trails for hiking and biking. Guided walking tours are held every third Saturday of the month and every 4th Tuesday of the month. Admission is free but participants are requested to register at 904 277 7350 And when you come home from your daily wanderings, you can enjoy the ocean views, frolicking dolphins, flocks of pelicans skirting our roof and walk on the beach when it is not as hot as in the summer. You even might enjoy reading a good book on one of our beach loungers with the spoils of a good vacation at your finger tips.