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At the tip of Cape San Blas lies St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, home of America’s #1-Ranked Beach and America’s Best State Park!
Recognized as perhaps the most popular outdoor destination in the entire Florida State Park system. With miles of sugar-white sand beaches, striking coastal dune formations, nature trails, picnic areas, playground, 119 family camp sites, youth camping area, boat ramp, 1,900 acre wilderness preserve and more... it’s not hard to imagine why.
Visit the park for a day or camp overnight. Whatever you choose, it is a secluded paradise far away from reality. Many first-time visitors to GCFL enjoy the park so much, they make GCFL their getaway-go-to!
The park offers 119 camp sites, seven cabins, a group camp and primitive camping; reservations for which can be made through Reserve America. Hiking, walking and nature viewing is enjoyable on the two nature trails and 14 mile hiking trail through the Wilderness Preserve for you to explore and observe the various wildlife and plant communities. Many varieties of birds, mammals, and plants inhabit the park. White-tailed deer are the most observed, but bobcats, raccoons, otters, and alligators can be seen.
The excellent fishing opportunities for Sea Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Pompano and Whiting attract many fishermen to the area. Come during Scallop season (July 1 - September 24) and catch your own Bay Scallops; it is great family fun and our Bay Scallops are some of the most delicious things you will ever eat!
If you want to relax and do nothing, check out Eagle Harbor. It is a popular hang-out area of the park with boat launch, small store with essentials, water toy rentals like kayaks, and one of the coolest viewpoints in all of Gulf County! Walk up the boardwalk and take in the 360-degree view of St. Joseph Bay on one side and the clear waters of the Gulf beach on the other side. Both are great spots to put up your umbrella and let the kids play in the water.
For more information, visit the Florida Park Services and the Friends of St. Joseph State Parks websites.
updated: Jul 28, 2014 9:26 am
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