Nassau at a Glance
|Fernandina Beach & Amelia Island
|Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail
|State Parks & Lands
|Fort Clinch State Park
|Amelia Island State Park
|Fernandina Plaza Historic State Park
|George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park (Duval)
|Nassau River - St. Johns River Marshes and Fort Clinch Aquatic Preserve (Duval)
|Timucuan Ecological and Historic National Preserve (Duval)
|Bays & Inlets
|Rivers & Paddling Trails
|St. Marys River, Amelia River, Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail Segments (Timucuan Trails/Fort Clinch), Egan's Creek Paddling Trail
is Florida's most northern county on the east coast. Positioned south of
Georgia's Cumberland Island, Nassau County's Amelia Island is a popular
oceanfront getaway. The inland areas of Nassau County are characteristically
more rural compared to the coastal areas on Amelia Island. The majority of
the county has a small city appeal, and lacks a large metropolitan presence.
Outdoor enthusiasts and beach goers alike can appreciate a diverse
spectrum of opportunities along the Amelia River and the Atlantic Coast.
These activities include kayaking and canoeing on a section of The Florida
Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, hiking, horseback riding on the
beach, bird watching, bicycling, golfing and fishing.
The city of Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, is comprised of miles of
sandy beach. Since 1963, Fernandina Beach has hosted the annual Isle of Eight
Flags Shrimp Festival which occurs during the first weekend of May. The
festival includes fine arts, traditional seafood, and live music. Fernandina
Beach is a popular golfing destination. The Fernandina Historic District
encompasses 50 blocks of the downtown area and showcases many beautiful homes
which were constructed in the latter part of the 19th century.
Sprawling sand dunes and sea oats cover Nassau County's coastline.
Boardwalks provide an abundance of beach access locations. Gopher tortoises
and whitetail deer are frequently seen around Amelia Island. A variety of sea
birds can also be found along the coastal and the interior riverside areas of
Nassau County. Some of the birds commonly found in Nassau County include, but
are not limited to pelicans, great blue herons, ospreys, mourning doves and
red bellied woodpeckers.