Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is home to some great beaches, fantastic wildlife and an interesting history. Once the training ground for the 140,000 plus soldiers who were stationed in the area, Fort Pierce received troops and equipment that were to be trained to storm the beaches of Normandy during World War II.
Navy underwater demolition experts trained to eliminate obstacles they may have encountered when invading France. The Navy Frogmen trained at nearby island known as Dynamite Point. The Frogmen were the precursor to today’s modern Navy Seals.
Today the barrier island state park is home to nice beaches, unique plants and animals and a great Florida state park. The beaches at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park are well known for the gentle sloping soft sand, warm waters and good water clarity. On some days, the water is so clear, you’ll think you’re in the Bahamas-but that’s because its just a few miles off the coast!
With water so clear, it’s easy to see why scuba divers and snorkelers often come to these tranquil waters and explore the underwater reef just a few hundred feet off the shore. Bring your gear and an underwater dive flag, and you can enjoy the tropical reef until your hearts content.
Surfers are especially going to like Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. The reef that lies off the coast creates a break near the jetty, forcing massive waves onshore. In 2008 it was voted the #1 place to surf in south Florida by the Palm Beach Post. Surfing events are always being held here, so call ahead at (772)468-3985 for more details on future events.
A hiking trail is available at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park called the Oak Hammock Trail. It serves as a last refuge for Florida’s diverse barrier island ecosystems. It contains rare and endangered oak hammocks that allow a wide variety of life to exist at the park. The walk is about 30 minutes long; don’t forget to look for the gumbo limbo trees!
With so many fun activities available within Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, it’s easy to see why so many people enjoy it year round. For more information on directions to the park, fees and hours of operations, visit the website here.