Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park
1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive
St. George Island, Florida
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 60
About: Miles of undeveloped beach with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Apalachicola Bay on the other provide the perfect setting for this 2,023-acre park. In 2011, the beach was ranked #6 on the list of Top 10 Beaches in America by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, AKA Dr. Beach.
Two boat ramps provide access to Apalachicola Bay where anglers can fish for flounder, redfish, sea trout, pompano, whiting and Spanish mackerel. Few parks offer better opportunities for Gulf coast shelling while enjoying the antics of the shore birds, such as the snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer and willet who often nest along the park's sandy shores and grass flats.
Visitors have ample opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, canoeing, boating, hiking, camping and nature study. The park has six large picnic shelters equipped with grills, tables and restrooms, and the campground features full-facility campsites. A primitive campsite can be accessed by trail or by private boat.
Directions: Cross the bridge to St. George Island and go E. No Pets. Master Card, Visa accepted.
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