Past Meetup

St. George Island State Park Day Hike (and perhaps a little birding too!)

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Limit 20 - first preference will be given to Audubon and FTA members – so join Audubon or FTA if you’re not already members.

Meet:8:00 AM sharp at the Park and Drive across from the North Florida Fairgrounds (near intersection of Hwy 61 and 363 and convenience store). Park and arrange for your own car pool upon the other participants so we can get signed in and leave by 8:15 AM. Remember to contribute $ to the driver for gas and check to insure car participants are staying for dinner after the hike. If you need to get back at a certain time, we strongly recommended you driving your own car.

State Park Admission Fee: $6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

Directions: From Tallahassee, drive to Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park (1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive St. George Island, Florida 32328) – meet at the Gap Point Trailhead. The trailhead for the Gap Point Trail is at the campground, 4.5 miles past the ranger station. Use the parking area adjacent to the playground.

The Gap Point Trail, a 5-mile round trip, leads to a primitive campsite on Apalachicola Bay, over relict dunes topped with oak scrub and rosemary scrub, around salt marshes, and along the coastal strand. Along the trail, the desert-like landscape is oddly beautiful, a testament to the power of wind and water, where trees and shrubs are twisted and gnarled by the persistent coastal winds. Interpretive information explains the importance of the naval stores industry in Florida history, where coastal pines were tapped for turpentine.

Difficulty: Moderate
Bug factor: Moderate
Restroom: at the campground

With soft sand underfoot, it’s not an easy hike, and it’s hot out there. Bring lunch, plenty of fluids, good supportive shoes, hat, bug spray and be prepared for warm temperatures. In case you get wet while “playing in the surf” bring a change of clothes and footwear. After the hike, please plan to enjoy an early dinner with the group at one of the local seafood establishments! We’re on holiday – no clocks allowed!

Leader: Dawn Griffin (850)[masked].

Co-Leader: Adrienne Ruhl – (813)[masked].

Please support the cost of our activities, and receive membership benefits, by joining the Florida Trail Association and becoming a member of the Apalachee Chapter. Go to ... to join FTA online [or call the FTA office in Gainesville, toll-free[masked]].