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Fort George Island - Accessible Amenities

Fort George Island Cultural State Park is committed to providing a variety of accessible amenities to all of its visitors. Those amenities include:

● Buildings and event facilities at the Ribault Club Visitor Center

● Permanent Interpretive display at the Ribault Club Visitor Center

● Manual wheelchair inside Ribault Club Visitor Center

● Segway tour operators, Kayak Amelia, are able to include motorized wheelchairs or other personal mobility devices that can travel speed of group

● Self-guided CD Audio-tour of the island along Fort George Road

● UTAP Trail information for the 3 mile Fairway Loop Trail

● Weekly interpretive ranger programs

● Large-print formats of park information and brochures

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Fort George Island - Bicycling

Fort George Island Cultural State Park offers a loop bicycle ride through history. Pick up a copy of the Saturiwa Trail guide at the Little Talbot Island Ranger Station or in the brochure rack in front of the Ribault Club on Fort George Island. The loop is 4.4 miles and consists of paved road and hard packed gravel.

For off-road bicyclists there is a three-mile biking/hiking trail that traverses the interior of the former Fort George Island golf course. The trail is suitable for large tired bikes.

Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.

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Fort George Island - Birding

Shorebirds fill the tidal shoals behind the Ribault Club to rest at low tide. Bring binoculars to catch a close up of least terns, royal terns and black skimmers. Wading birds like wood storks, great blue herons and snowy egrets fish along the salt marsh of the Fort George River. A roost for night herons adjacent to a freshwater pond can be viewed along the Fairway Loop trail. Pileated woodpeckers, great horned owls and bald eagles can be spotted among the live oaks.

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Fort George Island - Boat Ramp

The Ribault Clubhouse Water access, (unimproved boat ramp) behind the Ribault Clubhouse, is available for launching canoes, kayaks, and small flat bottom boats.

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Fort George Island - Boating

Today's visitors come for many recreational activities, including boating and fishing. Behind the club small boats, canoes and kayaks can be launched on the tidal waters.

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Fort George Island - Canoeing and Kayaking

The Ribault Clubhouse Water access, (unimproved boat ramp) behind the Ribault Clubhouse, is available for launching canoes, kayaks, and small flat bottom boats.

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Fort George Island - Fishing

Fishing the Fort George River from the shoreline is a popular activity.

 

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.  A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

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Fort George Island - Geo-Seeking

Bring your handheld GPS device to hunt for the Florida State Park Geotour Cache on Fort George Island. For more information on local caches visit Geocaching or call the Park Services Specialist at (904) 251-2811.

The Operation Recreation GeoTour hosted by Geocaching.com, stretches from Pensacola to Key West and includes 71 of the First Three Time National Gold Medal Award Winning Florida State Parks and Trails. Visit 20 caches and win the Official Operation Recreation Geocoin. Download and print the Official Tracking Sheet to begin your adventure. Remember to cache and save with unlimited entry for a year with the Florida State Parks Annual Pass.

The Florida Park Service is proud to announce it has launched the Operation Recreation Kids GeoTour. Look inside Operation Recreation GeoTour geocaches for one of six possible Nature Cards. Every cache has one of six species. Record the name of the Florida State Park where you first find each of the six species on the Kids Official Tracking Sheet. Find all six species and win the ORGT Kids GeoTour Geocoin!

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Fort George Island - Hiking Nature Trail

There is a three-mile hiking/biking trail loop on Fort George Island called the Fairway Loop Trail. The trail runs through the interior of the former Fort George golf course. A successional process is returning the golf course land back to its natural state and restoring the maritime forest habitat. Park at the Ribault Club visitor center and hike north to discover one of the tallest dunes on the eastern seabord, Mt. Cornelia, a true Florida hill. Approximately 3/4 mile north of the clubhouse, the trail comes to a T-junction. Head right to take in sweeping marsh views across the Ft. George River at Pt. Isabel, a historic fortified inlet where goods were ferried to and from the plantations. Or head left to link up to National Park Service trails that lead to the historic Kingsley Plantation, built in the 1700s and still standing at the water's edge. If you head south from the Ribault Club, you will encounter a large fresh water pond that also serves as a Night Heron rookery in the spring and summer. This trail is suitable for large tired bikes.

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Fort George Island - Historic Site

Built in 1928, the Ribault Clubhouse was restored in 2003 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Come tour the grand building and relive the opulence of the past when it served as a retreat for wealthy tourists during the winter months.

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Fort George Island - Interpretive Exhibit

The Ribault Club and Fort George Island Visitor Center serves as the gateway to the Timucuan Trail State and National Parks. The historic Ribault Club is open to the public every Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The Visitor Center, located within the Ribault Club, has interpretive exhibits depicting the rich natural and cultural history of the area and the island.

The Virtual Ranger Tour of the Saturiwa Trail on Fort George Island is a self-guided tour through the history of the island. All you need is a car CD-player or a mobile Internet device and an interest in 'old Florida.' The tour follows the narrow road around Fort George Island, a setting rich in natural and cultural significance.  A written version is also available. Both the audio and text versions are designed to be self-guiding, where visitors can enjoy the tour at their own pace.

Weekly Ranger programs are held at the club most Saturdays at 2:00pm. Topics vary weekly. Call (904) 251-2320 for more information or visit the park's event page.

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Fort George Island - Meetings and Retreats

The Ribault Club and Fort George Island Visitor Center serves as the gateway to the Timucuan Trail State and National Parks. The grand rooms of the Club can be rented through The Ribault Club a park visitor service provider, who provides professional event management for private and business functions. For more information on club rental, call (904) 251-1050.

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Fort George Island - Pets

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Fort George Island Cultural State Park on our hiking trails, pavilions, paved park roads, parking lots, and our multi-use trails. They are not allowed inside buildings or on our shorelines. They must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times and cannot be left unattended for more than a half hour.

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Fort George Island - Picnic Pavilion

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Fort George River as you dine outside at our picnic pavilion next to the marsh behind the Ribault Club. Afterwards, borrow a lawn game set from the rangers and try your hand at Bocce Ball or Croquet on the plush green grass around the club.

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Fort George Island - Restroom Facilities

Restroom facilities are located inside the Ribault Club Visitor Center.

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Fort George Island - Tours

Guided Segway Trips. Looking for a unique and exhilarating experience? Explore the beauty of these barrier islands as never before on Segways®. Kayak Amelia is one of Talbot Islands State Parks' visitors service providers operating on Little Talbot Island and nearby Fort George Island. Kayak Amelia uses Segways® transporters to provide an enjoyable and modern way of touring. Segways® are two-wheeled, battery-powered devices that respond to the way you lean. These eco-friendly transporters are quiet and easy on the trails, providing a wonderful way to explore nature without disturbing its inhabitants. You'll be equipped with a wireless headset so our guides can point out the fascinating plant and animal life along the trails.

Kayak Amelia provides helmets, orientation and training to ensure everyone has a relaxed and safe experience. No experience is necessary, but there is a minimum age requirement (14 years old) and a weight requirement (between 100-260 lbs). Riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All guided trips include instruction, interpretation, and a snack. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Participant requirements for Segway tours are available to view.

There are two tour options available for Fort George Island. The morning tour is nearly four miles long and travels through the island's maritime forest and visits Kingsley Plantation. The afternoon tour is approximately an hour long and omits the Kingsley segment. Fort George tours depart from the Ribault Club. On these tours you'll hear the storied history of the island, and see up close the unique flora indigenous to this habitat.

Visit Kayak Amelia for schedules and call 904-251-0016 to make reservations.

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Fort George Island - Visitor Center

The Ribault Club and Fort George Island Visitor Center serves as the gateway to the Timucuan Trail State and National Parks. The historic Ribault Club is open to the public every Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The Visitor Center, located within the Ribault Club, has interpretive exhibits depicting the rich natural and cultural history of the area and the island.

The grand rooms of the Club can be rented through The Ribault Club, a park visitor service provider, who provides professional event management for private and business functions. Proceeds from the events managed by The Ribault Club help support on-going maintenance and protection of this architectural treasure. For more information on club rental please call (904) 251-1050.

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Fort George Island - Weddings

The park offers the shade of a live oak canopy, breathtaking marsh views of the Fort George River Inlet, and the attraction - the restored Ribault Club established in 1928. The Ribault Club is known to be as simple as it is elegant, as comfortable as it is accommodating and as unpretentious as it is impressive, our guests depart with a deep sense of belonging. Exchange vows against breathtaking waterfront or sprawling lawn views, inside – or out. The 16,000 square foot clubhouse has many neoclassical features including fluted pilasters, classic arches and entablatures above beautifully paneled doors. The Ribault Club can accommodate up to 400 guests. For pricing and availability, please contact Cape Leisure's Wedding Coordinator at (904) 251-1050.

For photos and more information, download Your Dream Wedding at Fort George Island State Park.

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Fort George Island - Wheelchair Accessible

The Ribault Club and surrounding grounds are ADA accessible. A wheelchair is available for use inside the building.