St. George is a favorite destination for beachgoers, birdwatchers, year-round fishing, spectacular Gulf sunsets and the best stargazing in the Panhandle. 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.
We found a spot last minute after covid-19 hit on April and I am so glad we did. I read about the beautiful white sand beach at St George Island and pictures can’t capture the reality. The campground is very well maintained, restroom including showers are impeccable as well as all surrounding areas. The amazing stars in the skies during the nights are just breathtaking and wild life such a owls howling was unique. The protected dunes are really unique and the sites are good size and easy to back in. They sell ice bags as well as lighter wood if you forgot yours and the path to the beaches are very nice. Great area to go fishing cycling and swimming in the great warm ocean waters at least on September. Never have experimented this temperature on waters, not even in the Caribbean beaches which I come from. The ranger are very informative and friendly.
The campground is located at the end of an island away from city lights and is perfect for night photography of the stars. The sites are located about 3 miles from the ranger station and because of this there is almost no cell phone reception. There are two campground hosts on duty in case of an emergency. The sites are large and well kept however because of the site fill used (oyster shells) we do not recommend camping with dogs. These types of shells can easily slice feet and paws. The campground has 60 campsites, a playground, electricity, water hookups and dump station. Be sure to ask the rangers about the local wildlife! There's an alligator that lives in one of the two freshwater lakes at the entrance to the campground.
We had been coming to St George Island for years, but this was the first time we had stayed at the state park campground. We already have reservations for next year! It's a beautiful island with white beaches and little commercialism. The state park is a strip of land between the Bay of Apalachicola and the gulf. So many places to explore on foot, by bike, or by kayak. It's a perfect location for bird or dolphin watching, fishing, sunbathing, or beach walking. The campsites are spacious, secluded, and relatively hard to come by. This is one of the state parks in Florida that books up very quickly. The Island is fun to explore. There are a few restaurants and some stores- you can get groceries at one of two small grocery stores near the entrance to the Island. There are two breweries in the area- one in Eastpoint and another in Apalachicola. Apalachicola also has several restaurants and many small stores.
Beautiful State Park. The beaches are gorgeous. Great for fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding.
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.