Effective April 6, 2023: Seasonal closures are in effect at Amelia Island State Park due to shorebird nesting. The southern point of the island is closed to all vehicles. Pedestrians and anglers are allowed to pass through the point at the waterline only. Bicyclists must dismount and walk their bicycles at the waterline. Beach umbrellas, canopies, chairs or coolers are not permitted n this area.
Beach Parking Limited
Beach parking at Amelia Island State Park is limited to 300 people at a time with a maximum of 600 people per day. When the park reaches capacity at 300 people, the park closes to new visitors. After approximately 150 people leave, the park reopens to allow more visitors.
An easy drive from Jacksonville, the park protects more than 200 acres of unspoiled wilderness along the southern tip of Amelia Island. Beautiful beaches, salt marshes and coastal maritime forests provide visitors a glimpse of the original Florida.
The original inhabitants of the island, the Timucuan, enjoyed the bounty of the salt marsh. Later, European settlers established profitable plantations in the area growing sea island cotton, sugarcane, citrus and indigo. Modern vacationers have since enjoyed the park for its fishing, shelling and wildlife viewing.
Sea turtles are special summer visitors to many of Florida's shores. Female turtles come ashore to nest and return to the water after laying their eggs. The newly hatched young follow 50-70 days later.
Please follow posted rules concerning turtles, and if fortunate enough to see a nesting species, please do not disturb them or their nests.
The piping plover, a threatened species protected by the Endangered Species Act, winters on these beaches. Keep your eyes peeled for these small brown and white shorebirds.