Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park
Updated Facilty Closures
St. George Island State Park reopened on Friday, May 8th 2020 to day use visitation. The park will be operating at 50% capacity until further notice. Once the park has reached capacity, arriving visitors will be told to return later when we can accommodate more guests. While visiting the park, please adhere to the current CDC guidelines by maintaining 6' apart and keeping gatherings to 10 people or less.
Due to damage sustained during Hurricane Michael, the following use areas are closed: East Slough Beach Use Area and the East Slough Overlook Trail. The Sugar Hill Beach Use Area is open for parking and beach access. The East Slough Boat Ramp filled in with sand and should be used only by shallow draft vessels during high tide periods. The boat ramp at the group camp area is a viable alternative as well as the boat ramp at the center of St. George Island at the base of the bridge. Thank you for your patience as we continue to recover from Hurricane Michael.
Welcome to Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park
On a barrier island fronting historic Apalachicola Bay, this park offers visitors a little strip of paradise.
St. George is a favorite destination for beachgoers, birdwatchers, year-round fishing, spectacular Gulf sunsets and the best stargazing in the Panhandle. Miles of undeveloped beaches on this barrier island provide the perfect setting for the park, which offers ample opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating, fishing, hiking, camping and nature study.
On the Gulf side of the island, enjoy perfect blue waters, miles of sugary white sands, and perhaps even catch sight of a pod of dolphins. On the bay side, healthy marshes are home to wading birds and abundant saltwater fish. Nature trails thread through vast scrubs and pine forests, where red cockaded woodpeckers and bald eagles linger in the canopy and brilliantly blue five-lined skinks dart through the undergrowth.
Few parks offer better opportunities for shelling and beachcombing. The shoreline is active during the summer months when sea turtles and shore birds such as the snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, and willet lay their nests within the park.
Plan Your Visit
Hurricane Recovery - Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park
Stargazing at St. George Island
Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park Photo Gallery
Beaches at St. George Island
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