When the waves start crashing at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, the surfers command the beach. Offshore shoals – part of the rocky Atlantic Coast Ridge – beat the surf to froth, and the wind coming past Dynamite Point creates just the right cocktail for South Florida surfing.
Location: Fort Pierce
Fees: $4-6 per vehicle
Open: Grounds open 9-5 daily. Museum open Thu-Mon 9-5.
Navy Frogmen trained here during World War II; the nearby National Navy UDT-Seal Museum covers their accomplishments. The picnic pavilions and beaches fill up during the weekends, thanks to the proximity of Fort Pierce, but birders can find a bit of quiet under the dense-knit live oaks of the maritime hammock while walking the nature trails.
Explore the park
- Coastal Hammock Trail - At a beach best known for great surfing, the Coastal Hammock Trail at Fort Pierce State Park is a gentle introduction to a seaside semi-tropical forest.
- Jack Island Preserve State Park - Along a network of trails that follow old mosquito impoundments, explore the mangrove forest that covers Jack Island Preserve, an island in the Indian River Lagoon.