Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park
Miles of undeveloped beaches on this barrier island provide the perfect setting for the park, which offers ample opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and nature study. Two natural boat ramps provide access to the Apalachicola Bay. These ramps can accommodate small, shallow draft boats under 26 feet. Anglers can fish for flounder, redfish, sea trout, pompano, whiting, Spanish mackerel, and other fish off the beach or in the bay. Few parks offer better opportunities for shelling and beachcombing. The shoreline is active during the summer months when sea turtles and shore birds such as the snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, and willet lay their nests within the park. Dolphins are also a common sight on the Gulf side and the bayside. The park has six large picnic shelters equipped with grills, tables, and nearby restrooms. Some of these pavilions can be reserved for a fee. Pavilions cannot be reserved for the days surrounding the summer holidays of Memorial Day and July 4th. The campground is located approximately four miles from the ranger station and features 60 campsites with water, electric, a central dump station, and two bathhouses. Two primitive campsites can be accessed by a 2.5-mile trail or by canoe or kayak. A primitive group camping area is also available for scouts and other organized groups. Annual special events include Coffee in the Campground from November through February, Coastal Cleanups in September, and weekly interpretive programs in the fall and winter. Other events and ranger programs are available throughout the rest of the year.