About the AIT

The Amelia Island Trail travels over 7 miles between Peters Point County Park to the south end of the George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park (located on the southern half of Amelia Island, Florida), where it connects to Big Talbot Island. The trail opened in May of 2013 and is for non-motorized use (sorry, no golf carts). The AIT takes advantage of the tree canopy alongside A1A such that much of the trail is shaded and shielded from the wind. The AIT is popular with families and young cyclists who are not comfortable riding in bicycle lanes alongside highway traffic. The trail is maintained by local government and supported by the Friends of The Amelia Island Trail.

The AIT is maintained by Nassau County. See Contact Us to report trail hazards.

Trail access parking is available at various nearby parks (Peters Point Beachfront Park, South End Beach Access, Amelia Island State Park, and Big Talbot State Park). There are also many stores and restaurants nearby, making the AIT an alternative for transportation for shopping and eating. The North Trailhead is at Peters Point Beachfront Park, a free Nassau County park located at 1974 S Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. The South Trailhead is at Amelia Island State Park, an entrance fee park located at the southern tip of Amelia Island.

The AIT connects across the Nassau Sound with the Timucuan Trail (www.floridastateparks.org}, which is being completed in phases on the Talbot Islands. Eventually, bicyclists and runners will have available over 15 miles of continuous multi-use trail for their use. These trails are also destined to become part of the East Coast Greenway (www.greenway.org) which is planned to connect Calais, Maine with Key West, Florida.

The rules for the use of AIT were approved by the Nassau County Planning and Zoning Board and Nassau County Board of County Commissioners. These trail rules have been posted at both Trail Heads and at 2 locations along the trail.
 
Amelia Island Trail Rules
  1. No motorized vehicles. Exceptions: Electric ADA mobility device
    up to 10 mph, or vehicle used for official trail business.
  2. No horses.
  3. All traffic stay right except to pass. Step off trail when stopped.
  4. When passing provide audible warning (ring bell or say: "Passing on your left.")
  5. Helmets recommended. Bicyclists under age 16 must wear helmets.
  6. Bicyclists and skaters yield to pedestrians. No racing or pace lines.
  7. Obey all posted signs for stop, yield, speed limits, etc.
  8. No loitering, alcoholic beverages, glass containers, drugs.
  9. Respect private property. Stay on trail right-of-way. Be courteous to all.
  10. Pets must be on leash less than 6 feet long and under control. Clean up pet waste.
  11. Be alert. Watch for crossing vehicle traffic, trail hazards and other users.
  12. Organized events over 20 people must have prior approval by Nassau County.

Trail Rules Sign

The Friends of The Amelia Island Trail, Inc. is an IRS-approved 501 (c) (3) charitable corporation formed with the purpose of developing, improving, and maintaining the AIT. Donations are fully tax-deductible. See also bicycling and pedestrian promotion accomplishments.

Friends of The AIT and AIT controlling documents
Bylaws
Articles of Incorporation
IRS letter granting tax exempt status
meeting minutes and documents

 

 

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