Amelia’s Island State Park boasts 200 acres of pristine wilderness, beaches and coastal forests. It offers a 45 minute riding tour along the coast and inland through the forests. It is the only State Park that allows horses on the beach. They offer a guided group tour of up to 12 riders and they make the trip just four times a day, so you’ll need to reserve your place through Kelly Ranch Inc.com. They are located within the State Park.
For those riders with little or no experience, the horses are gentle with lots of hours and time on the trails. This is a romantic ride. The only goal is to enjoy the environment and the experience of horseback riding on the beach. They do have a “no gallop” rule, making it a slow ride. There first priority is safety for the rider and second, safety for the horses that have been well-trained to ride on terrain they don’t generally care for.
Amelias Island is in Northeast Florida, where Nassau Sound touches the Atlantic, just a short forty-five mile drive from Jacksonville. This makes it an easy day trip from the nearest city.
There are other pleasures to enjoy at Amelia Island State Park. It has some of the most beautiful shores in Florida. At its southern most end, you have stunning views of land and sea. You may even spot a whale out at sea. Birds and turtles nest along the sea shores, so visitors must take great care when beachcombing in these areas, noting the signs and warnings posted.
Fishing is a popular pastime on the island. You can fish from the shore or along the mile-long George Crady Bridge Pier.
When your ride along the beach is over, how about a canoe and paddle. You can rent from Long Island Outfitters located between Little Talbot and Big Talbot Islands, a few miles south of the State Park. Or choose Kayak Amelia for guided paddling at sunset. You’ll get free kayaking instruction.
Amelia Island has a lot to offer, but even if you simply want to enjoy the fresh sea air and a quiet walk, it’s a good place to enjoy that.