Visitors to Amelia Island are in a mini-paradise for cycling. Many enjoy cycling from the middle or southern end of the island to the Fernandina Beach Historic District, which is an Old Florida shopping area of nostalgic sights and sounds.
What are some tips for bicyclists who want to venture from the area around Amelia City to Fernandina Beach, and back again?
Cycling from Peters Point to Downtown Fernandina Beach
One of the most rewarding bicycling trips you can take is from Peters Point Beachfront Park on Amelia Island (4600 Peters Point Rd, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034) to the historic downtown area of Fernandina Beach. Peters Point is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., which makes it a perfect ending or beginning destination for the day trip.
The majority of the ride up to the Fernandina Beach historic area is along A1A, up against the beautiful water views of the Atlantic Ocean beaches. You take the trip up A1A until reaching 200, where you will take a hard left straight into Fernandina’s historic center.
It is a turn you are unlikely to miss, as it happens right at Main Beach Park (32 N Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034). If you head straight, you will enter the dead-end of the Main Beach parking lot and beach access point.
How Long is the Trip?
The trip from Peters Point Beachfront Park on Amelia Island to downtown Fernandina Beach, on the north end of the island, will take about 6.8 miles (about 14 miles round trip).
The Trip from the East Coast of Amelia Island to downtown Fernandina Beach
Or you could take a shorter bike ride from Amelia Island’s east coast right to downtown Fernandina Beach.
The most direct route from the Amelia Island’s east coast to Fernandina Beach is along Atlantic Ave (Route 200). It is the main artery connecting the downtown area of Fernandina Beach with the coast and is filled with some lovely natural attractions.
Atlantic Ave. meets the east coast of the island at Main Beach Park (32 N Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034). The park features a perfect playground area for the kids and some picnic tables. It’s a nice starting location for bike riders heading to downtown Fernandina Beach.
On the west end, Atlantic Ave. breaks off onto Centre Street and finally ends at the Fernandina Beach Marina and the historical Welcome Center and Shrimp Museum (235 S Front St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034).
This is a fast and efficient route with great views of Fernandina Beach’s Historic District.
Overall, the route runs right through the center of Fernandina Beach’s Historic District, with famous restaurants, dessert shops, local galleries, and Old Florida architecture nearby. The road is rather smooth, with sidewalks the entire way for biking.
Cycling Trails at Fort Clinch and Egan’s Creek
The 1,400 acres of Fort Clinch offers one of the most pristine natural sites in all of Florida’s east coast. The park is home to 3.3 miles of paved and easily-accessible roadways for bikers and car riders alike.
An additional six-mile path is available as a more adventurous and off-road run through sand dunes and maritime forestry. The path itself is mostly flat, with sandy patches and pebbles. It is considered an intermediate trail. There is a $2 fee for each biker. The grounds are open from 8 a.m. to sundown every day.
Another key biking trail is at Egan’s Creek on the north end of Amelia Island. The city trail, colloquially known as Greenway Trail, is off the main driving areas by Jasmine St. The trail is considered moderate in difficulty, featuring unpaved and winding marshland pathways.
Bike Rental Providers and Tips
Some of the best local bike providers include Beach Rentals and More (2021 S Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034) and Amelia Wheels (48 Amelia Village Cir, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034).
A good tip is to get dropped off at the bike rental spot or to drive there and leave the car for the day. For added convenience, request a potential delivery to your Amelia Island vacation rental.
Traversing A1A south or north on a bicycle is a fascinating journey, however far you go. It gives you a spectacular and direct view of the Amelia Island real estate.
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