Silence is golden at the eastern tip of St. George Island, the barrier island that defines Apalachicola Bay at the mouth of the Apalachicola River. Blessed with brilliant white sand, flecks of ancient quartz carried down from the Appalachian mountains to this spot, it’s a beautiful getaway where, thanks to St. George Island State Park, more than 2,000 acres are forever preserved from development.
Location: St. George Island
Fees: $4-6 per vehicle.
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Starry nights beneath the pines and a backpacking trip out to Gap Point are just two of the experiences awaiting in this very natural preserve. Sure, there are dune crossovers to protect the lines of dunes and their delicate plants, but this park is very low-key compared to most beaches on the Florida coast. Spread on the sunscreen and stay awhile.
Explore the park
- Gap Point Trail - At St. George Island State Park, the 5-mile round trip Gap Point Trail offers an opportunity to backpack or day hike to get up close to the desert-like coastal scrub.