Activities

Some content on this website is saved in an alternative format. To view these files, download the following free software or you can skip to the main content if you already have the appropriate readers.

  • Use Adobe Acrobat to read Portable Document Format (PDF) files: Download Adobe® Reader®
  • Microsoft Word file viewer and converter programs to enable those who do not have MS- Word or have another version of MS-Word to open and view MS-Word files: Download Word file Viewer
  • Microsoft offers Microsoft Excel file viewer and converter programs to enable those who do not have MS-Excel or have another version of MS-Excel to view MS-Excel files:Download Excel file viewer

Wheelchair accessible icon

St George Island - Accessible Amenities

Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park is committed to providing a variety of accessible amenities to all of our visitors.  Those amenities include:

Beaches icon

St George Island - Beaches

The park offers nine miles of some of the most pristine beaches along the Gulf coast of Florida. Visitors can access four miles of beach along the park's main drive. The last five miles to the East Pass are accessible only by special permit obtained at the Ranger Station. There are no charges for bicyclists or hikers. In 2014, the beach was ranked #3 on the list of Top 10 Beaches in America by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, AKA Dr. Beach.   Wheelchair accessibility to the water is enhanced by two Mobi-Mats installed at the #1 and #8 pulloffs.  Two standard beach wheelchairs and a floating wheelchair are available, please inquire at the Ranger Station about availability. 

Visitors to coastal parks are reminded to pay close attention to the Warning Flag Signs posted at welcome stations and on the beaches. These flags indicate the swimming conditions at the beach. Double red flags mean absolutely no swimming because of high winds and undertow currents; yellow means swim with caution and stay close to shore; green means that the waters are safe; purple means that marine pests are present.

Please use caution! Lifeguards are not provided.

 

Bicycling icon

St George Island - Bicycling

The park has four miles of paved road along the main park drive and a five mile stabilized road that leads to the east end of the island.  There are also three and a half miles of nature trails to ride your bicycle on.  There is a bicycle path outside of the park that leads to the center of the island.  Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists under the age of 16.  Loaner helmets are available for free at the Ranger Station or from one of the campground hosts.

Birding icon

St George Island - Birding

St. George Island State Park has many different bird watching opportunities. Almost 300 species of birds have been documented here.  While brown pelicans and gulls are commonly seen on the beach, other species including some that are endangered or threatened may also be seen. Species seen include terns, plovers, herons, black skimmers, sandpipers, red knots and ruddy turnstones. On the bayside of the park, sightings of osprey, bald eagles, american oystercatchers and egret are frequently seen. The park is a major area associated with the spring and fall migration of neotropical birds and raptors and include hawks, falcons, tanagers, grossbeaks, warblers and buntings. Popular areas for birding include the main park drive looking over the coastal grasslands and also the youth/group camp area in the maritime hammock.

Boat ramp icon

St George Island - Boat Ramp

There are two natural, not paved or maintained, ramps for boat access to Apalachicola Bay. One ramp is located at the Youth/Group Camp area and the other is 2.5 miles from the entrance station at East Slough. Both ramps are restricted to small craft less than 24 feet in length with shallow draft. Knowledge of local conditions is required for safe boating in the area.

Boat Launch & Entrance Fees:

$8.00 for one person with a boat.

$10.00 for 2 - 8 people with a boat.

Boating icon

St George Island - Boating

Small offshore boats are used around the island for fishing. Keep in mind that the bay can be very shallow and oyster bars and grass flats may pose a hazard.

Full facility camping icon

St George Island - Camping Full Facility

This 1,962-acre barrier island park has 60 campsites with electricity, water hookups and a dump station that is nearby. Six sites have concrete pads and walkways. The campground is located behind historic dunes in the pine flatwoods. Although there are no ocean or Gulf views, the campsites are only a quarter mile from the beach and the Gulf. There are two restrooms with hot showers, a playground and a linear nature trail that meanders from the campground through the pine forests and coastal scrub. Pets are welcome but must be kept on a six foot leash controlled by the pet's owner. Pets are not allowed on the beach or in any facilities.  There are six concrete campsites with connecting sidewalks to the restroom facilities.

Our hammock camping sites are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14,19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 43, 49, 52, 53, 55, and 57. 
Maximum RV length = 43 ft.

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through Reserve America. Book online at ReserveAmerica.com or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

Primitive camping icon

St George Island - Camping Primitive

Primitive "carry in, carry out" camping at Gap Point is accessible only by foot, via the 2.5-mile Gap Point Trail, or by canoe, kayak or other shallow drafting vessel. These two sites accommodate 12 people each. Campers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. There are no restrooms, fresh water, shower or other amenities at the primitive campsites.  Arrangements to camp in the primitive camp sites must be made in advance through the park office at (850) 927-2111.

Hammock camping is allowed in the #2 Primitive Campsite.  The appropriate trees are marked with green paint blazes.

Group camping icon

St George Island - Camping Youth

Youth/Group tent camping is available for organized groups up to 25 or a minimum of six people. Chaperones must remain with the group at all times. Restrooms, cold water showers, picnic tables and a campfire circle are available at the Youth/Group Camp.  Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance of arrival for juvenile groups and up to 30 days in advance of arrival for adult groups. Juvenile group requests will not bump a prior adult group reservation made within the 30 day window. For reservations, please call the park at (850) 927-2111.  A short sidewalk from the parking lot leads you to a raised and flat tent camping surface and a park style grill.  There is also a grassy field and campfire circle to accommodate up to 25 campers at a time.

Hammock camping is allowed in the Youth/Group camping area.  The appropriate trees are marked with green paint blazes.

Canoe and Kayak launch icon

St George Island - Canoe Kayak Launch

Two natural ramps provide access to the bay for canoes and kayaks.

Canoeing and Kayaking icon

St George Island - Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are popular activities on the bay. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent at the ranger station.

Fishing icon

St George Island - Fishing

Surf and bay fishing may yield catches of flounder, redfish, sea trout, pompano, whiting or sometimes Spanish mackerel.

 

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.  A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

Geoseeking icon

St George Island - Geo-Seeking

Geocaches are hidden in the park. Please check Geocaching.com for the most current up to date information.

The Operation Recreation GeoTour hosted by Geocaching.com, stretches from Pensacola to Key West and includes 71 of the First Three Time National Gold Medal Award Winning Florida State Parks and Trails. Visit 20 caches and win the Official Operation Recreation Geocoin. Download and print the Official Tracking Sheet to begin your adventure. Remember to cache and save with unlimited entry for a year with the Florida State Parks Annual Pass.

The Florida Park Service is proud to announce it has launched the Operation Recreation Kids GeoTour. Look inside Operation Recreation GeoTour geocaches for one of six possible Nature Cards. Every cache has one of six species. Record the name of the Florida State Park where you first find each of the six species on the Kids Official Tracking Sheet. Find all six species and win the ORGT Kids GeoTour Geocoin!

Hiking and nature trail icon

St George Island - Hiking Nature Trail

The 2.5-mile trail to Gap Point begins in the campground and meanders through the pine flatwood forest to the bay. The East Slough Overlook Trail can be accessed half-mile down the trail from the campground or at the East Slough Beach Use Area. The one-mile long East Slough Overlook Trail features boardwalks, resting benches and information on the resources.

Trailhead kiosks contain fliers about the current trail conditions.  The trails were evaluated using the Universal Trail Assessment Program (UTAP).

Interpretive exhibit icon

St George Island - Interpretive Exhibit

In the campground are two interpretive exhibits that include local shells and the history of turpentining on the island and in the park.  There are two trailhead kiosks that inform the visitors about local flora and fauna.

Pets icon

St George Island - Pets

Pets are allowed in St. George Island State Park in designated areas only and must be on a six-foot handheld leash and under the control of the owner. Pets are allowed in the campground, in the primitive and group campsites, on the paved surfaces and on the nature trails. They are not allowed in any facility or on the beach.

Picnic pavilions icon

St George Island - Picnic Pavilion

There are three covered picnic pavilions at each beach use area. Each pavilion has 10 picnic tables and four pedestal park style grills for charcoal cooking. Pavilion rentals are available by calling the Ranger Station.  Pavilion rentals are not available Memorial Day weekend, July 4th weekend or Labor Day weekend.

Picnicking icon

St George Island - Picnicking

The park offers six large shelters on the beach, with restrooms and showers nearby. Each shelter has grills for cooking and several picnic tables for visitors. These shelters can also be reserved. Call the park for more information. Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohibited in the pavilions or on the beach.

Playground icon

St George Island - Playground

There is a playground at the family campground, available to all visitors.

Recycling icon

St George Island - Recycling

There are recycling baskets for aluminum cans and plastics at the boat ramps and beach use areas and at each campground bathhouse. There is a large recycling container in the campground to recycle cardboard, paper, glass, and plastics. There is also a recycling basket in the campground to recycle small propane cylinders.

Restroom facilities icon

St George Island - Restroom Facilities

There are two restroom facilities at the beach use areas.  Cold water rinse off showers are provided outside.  The campground bathhouses provide hot water showers for registered campers only.  The group camping restrooms provide toilets and sinks only.  All facilities are fully accessible.

Shelling icon

St George Island - Shelling

St. George Island State Park’s beach can be a great spot to look for shells.

Showers icon

St George Island - Showers Day Visitors

The park offers cold water showers at the two main beach access areas.

Star gazing icon

St George Island - Star Gazing

Come and enjoy the wonderful star gazing opportunities with the darkest skies for miles around.  The Gulf of Mexico provides 180 degrees of no light pollution and the closest metropolitan areas are over 70 miles away.  These conditions allow star gazers to see the Milky Way and some of the fainter constellations.

Swimming icon

St George Island - Swimming

Swimming and sunbathing are popular activities on the white sandy beaches and in the clear Gulf waters. LIFEGUARDS ARE NOT PROVIDED.

Wildlife viewing icon

St George Island - Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is possible at this park.