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JOSEPH PENINSULA STATE PARK
Joseph Peninsula State Park has miles of white sand beaches, striking
dune formations, a heavily-forested interior and a favorable climate for
year-round outdoor recreation characterize this peninsular state park.
The 2,516-acre park is bounded on three sides by the waters of St. Joe
Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Indians once inhabited the peninsula and gathered shellfish for meals from
the bay's shallow waters. Before the area was purchased for development
as a state park, it was used as a U.S. Army training facility during World
Named for lifelong community leader and settler T.H. Stone, the park is
teeming with wildlife and marine life. Noted as an excellent
birding area with sitings of 209 species currently recorded, it is a premier
location in the eastern United States for observing hawks during fall migration.
Many species can be seen including the endangered peregrine falcon. The
monarch butterfly is also on the wing in autumn, making its long migratory
journey from northern states to wintering sites in Mexico. Shore and wading
birds are in abundance throughout the year.
While the best area of the park
to observe birds is along the beach and bayshore, the sandpine scrub, pine
flatwoods and dunes offer protective habitat. The shallow waters of St.
Joseph Bay are alive with a variety of marine life. Frequently encountered
are bay scallops, hermit, fiddler and horseshoe crabs and octopi.
The park offers picnicking, swimming, camping, saltwater fishing, boating
and wilderness hiking in the park's 1,650-acre wilderness preserve.
offers luxury, furnished cabins located on the bay side of the park. Each
cabin is a two-story elevated building. They have open lofts with two
double beds, a sleeper sofa and daybed. Each has an equipped kitchen,
bathroom and living area. Linens and towels are given at the beginning
of the visit. For extended visits, visitors are encouraged to bring extra
towels. There are 119 campsites with water, electricity, picnic tables
and grills. Campsites and cabins can be reserved by phone or in person.
There is also a special tent camping area for organized, non-profit youth
groups. For camping reservations, call 1-800-326-3521.
A boat ramp, boat basin and
canoe rentals are available.
the Gulf beach, the bay shore or the center of the peninsula is the best
way to observe wildlife and enjoy the natural values of the park. Nature
trails provide easy access to the various plant communities. Guided walks
and campfire programs are offered seasonally.
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is located near Port St. Joe, off C.R. 30-E, off U.S. 98.
For more information, contact:
St.Joseph Peninsula State Park
8899 Cape San Blas Rd.
Port St.Joe, Florida 32456
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