Although no battles were fought here, the fort was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American Wars.
Fort Clinch's northeastern location caused the soldiers stationed there during both the Civil War and the Spanish-American War to fortify the site against possible enemy attacks. No attacks, however, came, and today Fort Clinch stands as one of the most fully preserved forts in the United States. Visitors walk through the original walls that the nineteenth-century military constructed to shield against its enemies. Living history actors and daily tours enliven the experience of military life in our nation's past.
A part of the park system since 1935, Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought here, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars. During the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps began preserving and rebuilding many of the structures of the abandoned fort. Daily tours with period reenactors depicting garrison life bring the fort to life for visitors. Sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing are popular activities at the beach. Anglers can fish from the pier or take advantage of excellent surf fishing. Hikers and bicyclists can enjoy a six-mile trail through the park. Self-guided nature trails provide opportunities to learn about and observe native plants and wildlife.