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North Peninsula State Park

 About North Peninsula State Park

Looking down the coastline at wildflowers and sea oats. Waves crashing on the beach.

A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER

Barbara Roberts

Summer Greetings!   As always you can enjoy this park for walking, birding, fishing or just relaxing!   It is sea turtle nesting season, so be respectful if you should have the luck to happen across a female sea turtle laying her eggs or baby turtles emerging and heading towards the ocean. Our park staff and volunteers are monitoring the beach each morning for new nests.

As part of the Great Florida Birding Trail the park offers lots of opportunities to see shore birds, wading birds and song birds.   We've got a small population of Florida scrub-jays that can sometimes be spotted along the sidewalk on A1A just north and south of High Bridge Road.  So bring your camera and your binoculars!!   The marsh restoration area overlook along John Anderson Drive provides a nice view of the Intercoastal Waterway where you might see an Osprey or some roseate spoonbills feeding.

The saltmarsh restoration project  along John Anderson is finished for now, although we hope to fund some additional work to complete the center section.    The first two stages of the project  at the park (north of the powerline cut on A1A, north of High Bridge Road) are complete and are visible from a walk on the nature trail.

The spoil areas that are being restored in the park were built up on historical saltmarsh as a result of dredge activities during construction of the Intracoastal Waterway which took place after the turn of the 20th century. The goal of the project is to create a healthy, productive saltmarsh habitat which will be connected to open water, benefiting an extremely wide range of plants and animals.

During the project, heavy equipment is used to clear existing vegetation and assist in the removal of spoil material.   We hope that you will share in our excitement as we continue to restore the natural communities of North Peninsula State Park.  If you have any questions about the project, feel free to give me a call.

This park is only a few miles south of Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area where our ranger station is located.  Take a look at that site to see some of the exciting programs we've got planned.

We also have a citizen support organization called Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park - AKA FROGRS - that supports North Peninsula State Park and Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area through volunteerism and fund raising.  Like them on facebook and see what's going on!

Enjoy the the summer season with a visit to North Peninsula State Park!  Barbara Roberts, Park Manager



 

DESIGNATIONS

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GETTING HERE

Coming from the north, I-95 exit #284, turn left off exit and proceed east 3 miles to A1A, turn right and proceed 5 1/2 miles to Highbridge Road and turn right. Smith Creek Landing's entrance is about 500 yards west on Highbridge. Coming from the south, I-95 exit #268, turn right off exit and proceed east 5 miles to A1A, turn left and go 8 1/2 miles to Highbridge Road and turn left and proceed about 500 yards to entrance.

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