Let me say first that St. George Island State Park is perhaps the main reason we purchased our small travel trailer in the first place and found groups like The Dyrt for insight for other places to explore. We visited St. George Island in May on Florida’s“Forgotten Coast” but the State Park on the island really stole the show.
The first thing you’ll notice about both the island and in particular the State Park is how remote it is. The beaches are seemingly empty even during busy seasons. It has one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire state of Florida and as Floridian’s we are pretty particular. The beach is lined with beautiful sand dunes from one end to the other. The island is narrow with a single road maybe 5 miles long. The road was closed after the camp ground as they are still repairing the park from the last hurricane that hammered The Panhandle area of Florida. Not sure what's taking so long as State Park HQ is in Tallahassee only an hour or so away.
The park has one camp ground and sites are very hard to come by. One visit and you’ll see why. Facilities are very well maintained with a friendly staff which is true for most Florida State Parks. There was a good mix of people camping in tents, small trailers and big rigs which is nice as many places in Florida are dominated by people who camp with everything they own and have rigs bigger than our house.
You bring your own fun here so just chill on the beach. If you have kayaks or paddle boards bring em. If you have bikes, those would be good too. Fishing(check). You could probably catch dinner as there is little pressure on these waters. There is some hiking but just walking on the beach is great. Nice flat beach at low tide with hard packed sand from the outgoing tide will make it a great walk.
Be sure to visit Apalachicola across the bay. A really good place to eat is the Owl Cafe and if you can get there for a Sunday Brunch, all the better. Very local, very southern, very authentic.
We will be back for sure whenever we can secure a camping spot that fits our schedule. Hope it won't be too long!
Very nice park. Lots of places to explore. Fishing is great. They have some very good restaurants in town. And there is a lighthouse you can climb.
We were lucky to arrive the first weekend they were open since Hurricane Michael. Nice camp spots, clean and level. Really, really nice bathrooms and showers. Walking distance to white sand beaches. Close to Appalachicola, with cute sh I'llps and great seafood restaurants.
Nats and mosquitos really bad, take bug spray and fans. Nice place to ride bikes.
This camp ground was fantastic for our church group. They had electricity and water by the tent sites and also a shower facility that was very well kept. The water is a very short walk and the beach is beautiful. At night the stars are like nothing you have ever seen. A blanket above you for sure. The only downfall is that we could not have our hammocks hanging up. This was a few years ago and may have changed.
Half of this beautiful Island of St George , is develpoped, Hotels,condos, shops , bars, and amusments of varios kinds. The other half is pristine beaches, dunes and bay of St George. Great long clean beaches, wonderful fishing , hiking , boating, or just lying on the beach, with at least 5 miles of them, they were never crowded. Great place to stay if you want a little bit of both.
We stayed here several years ago. This is a pretty campground, but in the heart of summer, the mosquitoes and bugs were plentiful. It rained so much that our tent was virtually floating and we had to seek shelter in the bath house. We ended up getting a hotel that night. The island itself is beautiful. Great beaches that are not overcrowded and there is even a lighthouse.
if you love the beach the way it use to be this is your place. miles of bike paths, kayak to your hearts content. During the week you may have times that you are the only one on the beach. Pristine
The campground on St George Island is a great getaway that is not built up. The campground is located a short distance from the beach, but a person could walk if not carrying a lot of stuff. Make sure you get your reservations early. This place fills up quickly. There really isn't a bad spot in the campground. Most sites have a sand pad. There is now sewer hookups but the restrooms are awesome. Cell phone signal is spotty!
This park is a tiny strip of land south of Tallahassee, Apalachiola National Park, and a number of smaller parks and wildlife refuges. It’s famous for the wildlife but the white sand is memorable too. There is a normal state park campground and another primitive site option down a fairly short trail (1/2 mile?) for micro-backpacking. The normal sites looked close together but we were the only people at the walk-to primitive option. Pros: lots of wildlife, empty, campsites very close to water, very clean and modern, far from town, some shady sites, nice shady pavilions at day use areas. Cons: far from any shops, bugs, heat.