I44. Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park
Nearest City: St. George Island
Phone Number: 850-927-2111
Features/Amenities: Restrooms, Entrance fee required, Birding by boat, Birding by foot/hiking, Best time of day: All day, Recommended length of visit: all day, Camping br>
Habitats: Freshwater Marsh/Wetlands, Dry Prairie/Grassland, Pines, Lake/Pond/Impoundment, Scrub, Marine/Bay, Salt Marsh, Beach/Dune
St. George Island State Park is regularly rated one of Florida’s most beautiful beaches, but what all the beachgoers don’t realize is that it has spectacular birdwatching too! Bonaparte’s Gulls are reliable from winter to spring, Snowy Plovers and American Oystercatchers nest here and Gull-billed Terns cruise the beach in summer. Northern Gannets dive for fish offshore October through April, and spring migrants like Swallow-tailed Kites, Common Nighthawks and Green Herons can be seen arriving off the ocean in March and April. The sandhill trail from the camping area and the oaks surrounding the youth camp are both excellent spots for migrant songbirds like Blue Grosbeaks and Scarlet Tanagers in April. There’s something to see year-round, but birding is best and beach visitor numbers are lowest October through April.
Directions: From US 98/US 319/SR 30 in Eastpoint, take SR 300/ Island Drive south for 5.6 mi. across the bridge to St. George Island. Turn left (east) on CR 300/Gulf Beach Dr.; the park entrance is 4.3 mi. ahead.
Open year round, 8 AM to sundown.