INDEFINITELY CLOSED due to hurricane damage. Our understanding is a new version of this trail is presently under construction.
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.
It meanders through a diminutive scrub forest with delicate Florida rosemary, myrtle oak, and Chapman oak, gnarled and wizened like bonsai thanks to the persistent coastal breezes.
This loop hike scrambles up and over dunes covered in scrub forest to showcase panoramas of the bay.
There are numerous benches along the walk, and several crossovers in the middle of the loop to shorten the walk, making this ideal for small children.
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Length: 0.9 mile loop
Trailhead: 29.776583, -85.402133
Address: 8899 Cape San Blas Rd, Port St. Joe
Fees: $6 per vehicle
Restrooms: At the bayside picnic area
Land Manager: Florida State Parks
Open 8 AM to sunset. Leashed dogs welcome.
From Port St. Joe, follow SR 30A to SR 30E; continue on SR 30E until it ends in the state park. Continue into the park and follow the state park entrance road to the picnic area past the dunes to the Bayside Picnic Area. Park and walk down along the bay to the boardwalk that leads to the nature trail loop.
Immediately after crossing the boardwalk over a tidal creek, the trail splits three ways. Turn right to keep to the outer loop, walking out to the shoreline.
Follow the arrows around the coastal fringe, where the trail squeezes down a narrow strip between the bay and cabins.
After 0.4 mile, an arrow directs you to the left into a hilly stretch of relict dunes, creating a loop back to the main trail.
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