Amelia Island State Park

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An easy drive from Jacksonville or Fernandina Beach, the park protects over 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 Real Florida. Amelia Island State Park is one of the few locations on the east coast that offers horseback riding on the beach and riding tours along the shoreline. Fishermen can surf fish along the shoreline or they can wet their lines from the mile-long George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier which spans Nassau Sound. Visitors can stroll along the beach, look for shells and sharks teeth or watch the wildlife. For horseback tour reservations, contact Kelly Seahorse Ranch at (904) 491-5166. Tours are given four times daily.

We welcome you to visit all seven of the parks which collectively comprise Talbot Islands State Parks: Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park, Little Talbot Island State Park, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park, Big Talbot Island State Park and George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park.

Directions to this Park

Amelia Island State Park is featured in the Firsthand Florida Fun blog. Experience the park through the video and photos of Erika Z. See all the blog posts here.

Physical Address: 

State Road A1A North

Physical City: 

Jacksonville, FL

Physical Zip Code: 

32226

Mailing Address: 

12157 Heckscher Drive

Mailing City: 

Jacksonville, FL

Mailing Zip Code: 

32226

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Phone Number: 

(904) 251-2320

Fax Number: 

(904) 251-2807

Historical Description: 

History and Culture

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.

Horse Stables

Amelia Island is the only Florida state park that offers horseback riding on its beaches. Riding the beach at Amelia Island has been a favorite pastime of visitors for years. Today, Kelly Seahorse Ranch - the visitor service provider - offers all the horseback riding fun that guests could want.

Turtle Crawl

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.

Piping Plover

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.

Acquisition Date: 

Friday, July 15, 1983

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Volunteer

This park is part of the Talbot Islands State Parks. Information on volunteering can be found at Little Talbot Island State Park or by calling the Talbot Islands Ranger Station at (904) 251-2320.

For forms, information and benefits of volunteering, visit Get Involved.

Join Our Friends Group

Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks

12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226

friendsoftalbotislands@gmail.com

Hours: 

The park is open from 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.

Fees: 

The park entry fee is $2 per person. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required.

Pet Friendly: 

No

Wheelchair Accessible Facilities: 

No