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Fort Clinch

 4.3 (16)

5.4 Miles 8.7 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

80' 24 m

Ascent

-82' -25 m

Descent

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

27' 8 m

High

3' 1 m

Low

Shared By Leslie Kehmeier

Conditions


All Clear 62 days ago
Dry - Very sandy in some areas History

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Excellent Florida singletrack combined with a little history.

Leslie Kehmeier

Dogs Unknown

Features -none-

Overview

Fort Clinch is a great ride north of Jacksonville in the state park that bears the same name. Although not a long ride, the route features a mixed forest of mossy oak, pine and palmetto. The trail is not overly technical but does include some tight, twisting sections and some steep ups and downs.

Need to Know

Admission fee: $6 per car or $2 per bike to ride into the park.
The Ft Clinch route goes CCW and is clearly marked at each point where the trail intersects the road. The described route starts at the visitors center. If you ride in, you can enter the trail about 0.3 miles from the gate where the trail crosses the road (which is half way through the ride as described below).

The trail crosses the main park road several times. Watch for traffic.

Description

Starting counter-clockwise, look for the trail to duck into the forest on the edge of the parking area, on the west side of the main road. The route will jump right into its roller-coaster nature, climbing and descending quickly, up and around the small dunes that characterize the landscape. Youll be more or less paralleling the road, heading south. After the initial twists and turns the trail settles into longer stretches of flowing singletrack interrupted by intermittent road crossings and a few punchy sections. One of the highlights will come when you have to shift down into an easier gear to climb a beautiful section of flagstone paving.

About half-way through the ride, the route crosses the main road and heads back to the north, paralleling the road more closely than the west side. The trail has less elevation gain/loss than the west side and requires a short section of pedaling on the road to avoid large dunes (off limits to everyone).

The ride finishes with a cool section through the pines before breaking out into the parking lot at the visitors center.

History & Background

In addition to great mountain biking, Fort Clinch State Park also showcases one of the most well preserved 19th century forts in the US. It was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars, although it saw no battles. The Civilian Conservation Corps worked extensively in the 1930s to rebuild and preserve much of what can be seen today at the fort.

Contacts

Local Club: SORBA - Jax

Land Manager: Florida State Parks

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Sep 16, 2018
Cameron Schaeffer
Super fast and flowy, filled with nice drops and two amazing flagstone rock gardens! Probably rides best after a decent rain due to all of the sand. 5.4mi
Jun 9, 2018
mo wright
Favorite trail in Jacksonville area. 10.8mi
Jun 2, 2018
Davis Young
Great trail. Plenty of variety. 5.4mi — 0h 45m
May 19, 2018
tyson dabney
Apr 12, 2018
David Posso
Awesome ride, I really enjoyed this trail. Worth checking out! 10.8mi
Jan 25, 2018
Jay Holsten
Jan 7, 2018
David Hicks
Great singletrack. First time ride and was learning the coarse. Looking forward to improve on time. 5.8mi
Dec 3, 2017
Jamie Johnson
5.4mi

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Totally agree. Rode there first thing this morning. After going thru 6-8 webs and picking up a few 8-legged stowaways, we decided to ride the roads instead. Rode there the day before, later in the morning, and didn't have any issues. Don't be first and all is good. Jun 13, 2016

 
My in-laws live 1.5 miles from there, so the bike always comes when we take the family vacation. Not the elevation we have in VA, but it's fast and fun. Definitely better to wait until a few riders have cleared the webs. Spiders are big down there! Jul 26, 2016
Jay Holsten
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Jay Holsten   Toronto
No spiders for me! A beautiful day to ride a great little trail. Jan 25, 2018

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