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Park Manager Josh Hodson

Park Manager-Joshua Hodson


It's winter in the Florida Panhandle and the beaches are quiet. There are excellent birding opportunities this time of year. Sightings of American Bald Eagle, Osprey, Great-horned Owl, Northern Harrier and Peregrine Falcon, and Kestrel are not uncommon. Come out and enjoy a hike on one of our nature trails and find some of our hidden geocaches.

I hope that you are able to visit St. George Island State Park to go camping, fishing, kayaking, birding, shelling or just to enjoy the beach. The park has something for everyone.

Dr. Stephen Leatherman, AKA “Dr. Beach”, has regularly ranked St. George Island State Park as one of the top beaches in America.

It is common in Florida that mosquitoes and biting flies may be present. Please make sure that you bring the appropriate insect repellent. Products that contain DEET tend to work the best. While camping, a screened enclosure may help you have a more comfortable and enjoyable visit. No-See-Ums may also be present. Products such as Avon Skin-So-Soft ® and Cactus Juice ® have been known to work well.

St. George Island State Park has 60 campsites that fill up quickly, so be sure to make reservations in advance. Reservations for camping can be made online at or by phone 1-800-326-3521, TDD 888-433-0287.

Pets are permitted in the campground, paved surfaces, and on the nature trails, but are not permitted on the beach or in any of the park facilities. Service animals are permitted in all areas of the park.

The East End Special Use Area is at the far eastern end of the park. Access is limited to up to 20 vehicles at a time and it is extremely popular when the Spanish mackerel and pompano are migrating through in March and April. There is an additional fee of $6.00 plus tax, per person to enter this area in a vehicle. There is no charge for annual pass holders, bicyclists or pedestrians. Please contact the Ranger Station to check for availability.

St. George Island State Park is always seeking the aid of volunteers in many areas including, special events, ranger station, turtle monitoring, bird stewardship, interpretive programs, general maintenance, and photography. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Melody Brennan at (850) 927-2111 or

Please consider joining the Friends of Franklin County State Parks Citizen Support Organization. The Friends mission is to generate support for state parks through work projects, community relations, exhibits, fund raising activities, special events, and educational activities. Yearly membership fee will gain you access into John Gorrie Museum State Park, the Orman House Historic State Park and St. George Island State Park, as well as the chance to get involved and help out our parks. To sign up, please visit

Don’t forget that 100 volunteer hours here will get you a free annual pass into St. George Island State Park and 500 cumulative volunteer hours will get you a free annual pass good for all of the Florida State Parks (with a few exceptions).

For park updates or other information, please call our office at (850) 927-2111.