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Amelia Island State Park

Nassau County, Florida

Contact Information

12157 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, 32226
(904) 251-2320

Driving Directions
Amelia Island is located 7 miles north of Little Talbot Island State Park on S.R. A1A, or 8 miles south of Fernandina Beach.

Hours of Operation
Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

Amelia Island State Park offers over 200 acres of undeveloped sea island recreational opportunities. This is a perfect place to relax and unwind, search for seashells, or see some rare wildlife. Fishing is the top recreational activity at the park. The Nassau Sound Fishing Bridge State Park offers a mile long bridge for fishing the sound. The shoreline is a favorite of those who like to surf fish. For a truly memorable experience take a horseback ride with Kelly Seahorse Ranch, one of the few places on the East Coast offering horseback riding on the beach.

Park Activities

Beaches
Amelia Island State Park offers over 200 acres of undeveloped sea island recreational opportunities. This is a perfect place to relax and unwind, search for seashells, or even see some rare wildlife, such as the right whale or piping plover.

Fishing
Nassau Sound is one of the best fishing areas in northeast Florida and home to the state record Flounder. The park's mile long fishing bridge spans Nassau Sound. The bridge/pier is closed to vehicle traffic and offers the bridge angler ample room to wet his hook. Many different species of fish, such as whiting, jacks, and tarpon, can be caught.

Redfish and speckled sea trout are in the sound year round, but high numbers of them are caught in the spring and fall. You can use either mullet or live or dead shrimp for bait. Both mullet and shrimp can be caught with a cast-net along the shore of Amelia Island. Jigs and artificial baits are also effective ways to land the big one. Towards the south end of the fishing bridge, there are several small grass flats that hold a wide variety of fish. The fall mullet run brings in the tarpon, which prey on the mullet before their voyage down to more southern waters.

Horse Rentals
Kelly Seahorse Ranch offers guided, beachfront horseback riding. Saddle up and take a ride with experienced staff, and gentle, well-trained horses and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Amelia Island. Ride horseback on miles of beach where you may witness many of the island animals in their natural habitat. Dolphins at play, soaring Great Blue herons, wood storks, and ospreys, or an occasional Right Whale sighting are possibilities.

Rides go out at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm daily.

For rental reservations and prices ONLY, Call (904) 491-5166