An easy drive from Jacksonville
, Amelia Island State Recreation Area
is 8 miles south of Fernandina Beach. The park consists of 200 acres of beautiful beaches, salt marshes and coastal maritime forests. Amelia Island State Park is one of the few places on the east coast where you can horseback ride right on the beach it also offers riding tours along the shoreline. Some other things you can enjoy in the park are hiking, canoeing, kayaking, sunbathing, swimming, looking for shells and watching the wildlife. If you like to fish you can fish along the shoreline or toss a line in from the mile-long George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier which spans Nassau Sound. Some wildlife you might see include these common shore birds; black skimmers
, piping plovers, terns and brown pelicans. If you get lucky you may even see a Bald Eagle or a rare Right Whale.