Location: Cape San Blas
Fees: $4-6 per vehicle.
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
If you’ve dreamed of camping on a deserted beach, here’s your chance. The westernmost tip of the St Joseph Peninsula is set aside for hikers to explore, a wilderness of windswept coastal scrub and sand dunes out to Cape San Blas, where St. Joseph Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico. Camp along a beach with powdery white sand and watch the stars come out on a shoreline all your own for the night.
Not into wilderness? Not a problem. The bulk of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is all about getting folks to one of the top-rated beaches in America, with some of the oldest and tallest sand dunes you’ll find on any coast in Florida. There are cabins and two campgrounds, dune crossovers and ample parking areas, and even a few nature trails.
Birders, this site is a major flyover for raptors during fall migration, with 247 species logged to date. Come work on your life list!
Explore the park
- Maritime Forest Nature Trail - The Maritime Forest Nature Trail offers a quick sampling of the habitats that cling to the bluffs along St. Joseph’s Bay at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.
- St. Joseph Bay Trail - For a sampling of the fragile coastal habitats protected along St. Joseph Bay by St Joseph Peninsula State Park, take a short walk on this spectacularly scenic coastal trail.
- Wilderness Preserve Trail - If you’ve dreamed of camping on a deserted beach, here’s your chance. Wander up to 14 miles at the tip of St. Joseph Peninsula through the wilderness area.