Amelia Island State Park
12157 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32226
Explore Amelia Island State Park
An easy drive from Jacksonville, 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 original
Amelia Island State Park is the only state park
in Florida to offer horseback riding on the beach; a 45-minute riding
tour through the forest and along the Atlantic Coast beach. Although
the view from the park is breath-taking in itself, most of our
visitors come for the fantastic fishing opportunities.
Fishermen can surf fish along the shoreline or
they can wet their line from the mile-long George Crady Bridge Fishing
Pier which spans Nassau Sound. Visitors can also stroll along the
beach looking for seashells or relax and watch the numerous bird
species that feed in the area.
For horseback tour reservations, contact Kelly
Seahorse Ranch at (904) 491-5166. Tours are given four times daily.
Amelia Island State Park is located seven miles north of Little Talbot
Island State Park on State Road A1A, or eight miles south of
Amelia Island State Park offers over 200 acres of undeveloped sea
island recreational opportunities. This beach is a perfect place to
relax and unwind, search for seashells, surf fish, and possibly view
some rare wildlife such as the right whale or piping plover.
Long Island Outfitters is Amelia Island State Park's canoe and kayak
visitor service provider. Located on AIA between Little Talbot and Big
Talbot Island about 6 miles south of Amelia Island State Park, Kayak
Amelia offers everything from basic rentals to special focus guided
The facility provides local information
including maps, safety information, and recommended routes for the
experience you desire. Inside the concession you'll find snacks and
drinks, restrooms, and souvenirs. Canoe and kayak rentals are
available on-site or bring your own and utilize their hand launch ramp
($1.00 per person fee).
Kayak Amelia's guided paddles include birding
paddles, tai-chi paddles, sunset and full-moon paddles, and special
focus paddles. All guided trips include instruction, snack, and
Long Island Outfitters is open from 9:00 am to
5:00 pm throughout the year, but is closed on Wednesdays December
through February. For additional information contact Kayak Amelia at
904-251-0016 or the Ranger Station at Little Talbot Island State Park
Nassau Sound is one of the best fishing areas in northeast Florida and
home to the state record flounder. Fishing is popular from the shore
of Amelia Island State Park as well as from the adjacent George Crady
Bridge Fishing Pier State Park that spans Nassau Sound.
The fishing pier is closed to vehicle traffic
and offers the bridge angler a mile of pier to wet their line in hopes
of catching the next record fish or tonight's dinner. Many different
species of fish, such as whiting, redfish, flounder, speckled sea
trout, jacks, and tarpon can be caught.
Redfish and speckled sea trout are available
throughout the year, but higher numbers are available in the spring
and fall. Popular baits, including mullet and shrimp, and can be
caught along the shoreline using a cast-net. Artificial baits are also
very popular. Along the south end of the fishing bridge, several small
grass flats hold a wide variety of fish.
Tarpon follow the fall mullet run into Nassau
Sound and gorge themselves before continuing their migration to more
southern waters. A park service provider, Nassau Sound Bait and
Tackle, is located at the beginning of the fishing pier at the
southern tip of Amelia Island.
The bait shop offers snacks, fishing supplies,
and various baits along with rod and reel rentals. Get an up to the
minute fishing report by calling the bait shop at (904) 277-9772.
Nassau Sound Bait and Tackle
has 1 handicap toilet and sink in each of Men's and Women's restrooms.
Kelly Seahorse Ranch offers guided, beachfront horseback riding along
the shore of Nassau Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the beautiful
beaches of Amelia Island by saddling up and taking a ride with Kelly's
experienced staff, and gentle, well-trained horses. One of the most
enjoyable ways to witness many of the island animals in their natural
habitat is by horseback.
Riders regularly see playful dolphins, soaring
Great Blue herons, wood storks, and ospreys. Keep an eye towards the
ocean and you might one of our rare visitors, the endangered Right
Rides go out at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm daily.
For reservations and prices, call (904) 491-5166.
Kelly Seahorse Ranch
has 1 Men's and 1 Women's handicap restroom with toilet and sink.
Amelia Island State Park is the perfect place for viewing shore birds.
Black Skimmers, piping plovers, terns (including the threatened least
tern), brown pelicans, and many other birds can be observed in the
You may even catch a glimpse of a rare Right
Whale or a Bald Eagle during the winter and early spring. Please obey
posted signs that protect critical shore bird nesting areas!!!
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