T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
Day Use and Boat Ramp Areas: Limited Parking Available
St. Joseph Peninsula’s beach day use and boat ramp parking area will operate at a limited capacity due to ongoing hurricane recovery efforts and construction projects. Parking spaces will be limited, especially for boats, trailers and larger vehicles on busy days, weekends and holidays. There are other boat ramps that can be utilized in the area if needed. Please call the park office at 850-227-1327 for updates or information.
Park Status After Hurricane Michael
The Maritime Hammock Nature Trail, a favorite of many visitors, has reopened.
The park suffered significant damage from Hurricane Michael in October 2018. It will be some time before camping or rental cabins will be available. Visitors wishing to camp or stay in a cabin should make arrangements at another park. The southern end of the park, including the Eagle Harbor boat ramp, along with a stretch of St. Joseph Bay beach and the immediate Gulf beach, is open for day use. There is limited parking space during busy times.
The hurricane created a breach that connected the Gulf to the Bay, severing the park just north of the boat ramp in Eagle Harbor. That breach was filled in by sand deposited by natural processes in May 2019. Since then, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has arranged additional sand deposits in the area, allowing for the rebuilding of dunes and a future access road. The camping facilities and cabins will reopen in the future.
Welcome to T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
Stretching 20 miles into the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, St. Joseph Peninsula is a true wildlife haven.
The St. Joseph Peninsula stretches 20 miles into the Gulf of Mexico with sandy white beaches and tall dunes on the gulf side and marsh on the bay side.
The park,teeming with wildlife, provides vitally important habitat for beach nesting birds (including the snowy plover), three species of sea turtles, and two remaining “core” populations of endangered St. Andrews beach mouse.
The park is ideal for getting away, swimming, fishing and enjoying Florida’s Gulf Coast and spectacular sunsets.