Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park is a 1,900+ acre pristine barrier island along Florida’s northern panhandle territory. ReserveAmerica.com recently voted this state park #28 as the top 100 family campground and #11 of the top 25 best beaches. It is home to 60 campsites with electricity and water. Canoeing and kayaking around the shallow water bay is a popular pastime at Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park. With so much to do, it’s easy to see why this parks reservation fill up quickly year round.
The beaches are what draw everyone to this park. With nine miles of gorgeous white sand beaches it’s easy to see why. Four miles of the beaches are accessible by vehicle with the remaining five miles are subject to four-wheel drive vehicles with permit only or hoofing it along the trails. With so much prime Florida real estate, everyone has plenty of room to spread out and find his or her perfect beach spot.
Another popular activity at Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park is boating. Two unimproved boat ramps for kayaks and canoes are available to travel around the island. Small crafts less than 25 feet and shallow drafts are permitted, but not recommended due to the shallow depth of waters that lie off the coast.
In 1799 the schooner “Fox” crashed ashore the shallow drifts. Onboard was William Augustus Bowels, the Cherokee Creek leader, after his escape from five years of capture in Spain.
The islands history spans well over 6,000 years of human habitation. Relics from the past are still uncovered here often, proof of times long past. The 2.5 nature trail to Gap Point takes you along trails long traveled. Gap Point has a primitive campground that takes you to the other side of the forest. It accommodates up to 12 people, while a youth campground for organizations can hold up to 25 people. Call (850)927-2111 for reservations.
A full facility campground is open year round with 60 sites. Electricity, water, picnic tables and grills are available at each site. Beach access is less than a ½ mile walk. The campground is nestled behind the dunes so offshore breezes at night are not going to cause your tent to blow away. Hot showers and toilets are right around each loop, so you don’t have to walk far from your tent or RV at night.
For directions, fees, and other park amenities, visit the official state park website here.