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Fort Clinch

Intermediate
 4.3 (29) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Excellent Florida singletrack combined with a little history.


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5.6

Miles

9.0

KM

95%

Singletrack

24' 7 m

High

3' 1 m

Low

66' 20 m

Up

64' 20 m

Down

0%

Avg Grade (0°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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 clockwise 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 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

Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier with improvements by Seth Behn and 1 other

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  4.3 from 29 votes

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Apr 2, 2021
R Donahue
Jan 28, 2021
Jamie Johnson
5.4mi — 0h 47m
Jan 3, 2021
Heidi Celeste
Fun ride, some big dips. 14.2mi — 12h 53m
Dec 31, 2020
Mike Davis
9mi — 2h 00m
Aug 6, 2020
Anne Dixon
Tons of banana spiders!
Jul 31, 2020
Chuck Morrow
Jul 25, 2020
Chuck Morrow
5.4mi
Jul 22, 2020
Stacy Gwiner