Gulf County is eager to enhance the visitor experience with the Turtle Trail while promoting conservation of our natural environment.

Did you know that Gulf County is the largest nesting place for sea turtles in Northwest Florida. Home to more than 40 percent of the nests, we covet and protect these massive, beautiful creatures and we ask that our visitors do as well.

As if on cue from Mother Nature, from May 1st to October 31st Loggerhead Sea Turtles crawl ashore Gulf County beaches during the night to lay their eggs in a sandy nest. After laying their eggs, these giants cover their nest and return back to water. After roughly a two-month incubation period, the tiny hatchlings emerge from the sand and scramble to the Gulf, counting on the light of the moon and stars to guide them to the sea.

Get Social
And win!

Our turtles are always smiling and love their picture to be taken, so while visiting our area, hit the Turtle Trail and Forget The Straw.

Help us provide a safer environment for our turtles by doing away with plastic straws. You can get a start by winning a reusable Gulf County stainless steel straw. All you have to do is take a picture with our six turtle statues, post to social media and use the hashtags #InGulf & #TurtleTrial, then stop by the Gulf County Welcome Center to claim your straw.

LOOKOUT BEACH ACCESS
Gulf County Line at 386 & Hwy 98
St Joe Beach 32456

GULF COUNTY WELCOME CENTER
150 Captain Fred's Place
Port St Joe 32456

REID AVENUE CITY COMMONS
305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd.
Port St Joe 32456

SALINAS PARK BAYSIDE
280 Cape San Blas Rd
Cape San Blas 32456

DUNES DRIVE BEACH ACCESS
268 Dunes Dr
Cape San Blas 32456

DEAD LAKES
510 Gary Rowell Road
Wewahitchka 32465