Manager's Message

T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

I‘m excited to welcome RVers and tent campers back to the park. Reservations have opened for the Shady Pines campground, which features 36 standard-facility campsites and 10 tent-only campsites. Two new bathhouses were built. Keep in mind, overnight stays are also available at the eight renovated cabins and the 14 primitive campsites in the Wilderness Preserve. 

Every day is a beautiful beach day at T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, rated as one of the top beaches in the nation. Ten miles of white sandy beaches make this park popular for swimming, fishing, shelling, snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach.

Wildlife abounds, and the dunes and beaches are home to many species of unique and threatened wildlife. Sea turtles nest on the beaches from May to October each year. The elusive and imperiled St. Andrews beach mouse live among the dunes. Migratory birds and butterflies rest here, and the beach is a crucial nesting site for native Florida birds like the snowy plover. 

Bring your boat and enjoy a day on the water. Launch your own boat from our boat ramp or venture into the St. Joseph Bay on a kayak, canoe, SUP board or pontoon boat available for rent at Scallop Cove Too. Located at the Eagle Harbor Boat Basin, Scallop Cove Too has snacks, ice, beach towels, sunscreen, bait and tackle. Free Wi-Fi also can be accessed here.  

Take a hike on the scenic half-mile Maritime Hammock Trail. Winding through sand scrub and coastal hammock, hikers are rewarded with a fantastic view of the St. Joseph Bay along the way.

If you would like to help keep the park beautiful or with recovery efforts, please contact us at 850-229-1595. We have several volunteer opportunities available and training is provided. One of those opportunities is to join the Friends of St. Joseph State Parks, a dedicated group of volunteers who serve as the park’s nonprofit citizen support organization. They assist the park with programs, special events and fundraising. They are an extremely important part of the park, and we would love to have new members who share the same passion and love for St. Joseph Peninsula. You can see their good work by following them on Facebook or at their website.

Thank you for your interest in T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. We hope to see you and your family in the park soon!