ST. JOSEPH PENINSULA STATE PARK
2,516 acres. This 10-mile-long and narrow park in Florida’s western panhandle is on a peninsula which extends into the Gulf of Mexico. There are lovely wild beaches and dunes here, with salt marshes and pine flatwoods. The outer end of the peninsula (1,650 acres) is protected as a wilderness preserve.
Activities: Hiking and backpacking are available along the shoreline as well as on a road.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout the preserve, except on dunes. It’s necessary to register and pay a small camping fee before entering. Water must be carried in. A maximum of 20 people are allowed in the preserve each day.
For Further Information: St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Star Route 1, Box 200, Port St. Joe, FL 32456; (904)227-1327.