Directions To St. George Island & Guide To Driving To St. George Island

Looking for directions to St. George Island? If so, you’ve come to the right place! 

 

Welcome to our St. George Island travel guide. Below, we outline the fastest and most efficient routes to reach St. George Island from west, north, and east destinations. 

About St. George Island 

 

St. George Island is centrally located along the Florida Panhandle’s “Forgotten Coast”. The island itself is small but mighty, at 28 miles in length and only 1 mile at its widest point. 

 

Known for its famous lighthouse, St. George is also home to the St. George Island State Park, quaint beach shops and art galleries, and several charming local restaurants

 

For reference, St George Island is 1.5 hours from Panama City, 1.5 hours from Tallahassee, and 5 hours from Tampa, which makes day-trips a popular activity for visitors. 

 

Drive to St. George Island from Atlanta

Miles: 330 | Drive Time: 5+ Hours

 

The drive to St. George Island from Atlanta is fairly straightforward and should take just over five hours, pending any traffic or pit stops. 

 

There are three main options for your venture south. US-27 South is the most direct route and will put you in SGI in under 5 and a half hours. I-75 South takes you Macon, GA and will bump the trip time up to 5 and a half hours. FL-65 S routes west of Columbus and pushes the drive time to 5 hours 45 minutes. 

 

Here’s a quick breakdown of the most direct route from Atlanta to St. George Island: 

 

  • Get on I-75 S/I-85 S from Memorial Dr SE, Washington St SW and Pulliam St SW
  • Follow I-85 S, I-185 S and US-27 S to GA-97/Faceville Hwy in Bainbridge. Take the GA-97/Faceville Hwy exit from US-27 S
  • Continue on GA-97/Faceville Hwy to Gadsden County
  • Turn left onto US-90 E
  • Follow FL-65 S to US-319 S/US-98 W in Franklin County
  • Turn right onto US-319 S/US-98 W
  • Continue on Big Bend Scenic Byway Coastal Trail. Drive to W Bay Shore Dr

 

Drive to St. George Island from Tallahassee

Miles: 75 | Drive Time: 1.5 Hours

 

The drive from Tallahassee to St. George Island is a breeze. Depending on traffic, the drive usually takes right at an hour and a half, and the drive on the Big Bend Scenic Byway truly lives up to its name! 

 

As noted above, US-319 South (the “Scenic Byway”) is the most direct route from Tallahassee to SGI. You can route through Woodville via FL-363 and add another 10-15 minutes onto the trip or take the extended scenic route via FL-20 W to FL-65 S and add 15-20 minutes to your drive time. 

 

Here’s a quick breakdown of the most direct route from Tallahassee to St. George Island: 

  • Take US-319 S to Big Bend Scenic Byway Coastal Trail/Patton Dr in Franklin County
  • Continue on Big Bend Scenic Byway Coastal Trail. Drive to W Bay Shore Dr

 

Tallahassee to Saint George is literally a straight shot via the Scenic Byway and is our preferred route for the easy 1.5 hour drive. 

 

As a note, Tallahassee is the closest major airport to St. George Island. If you are flying in from a different destination, you’ll likely need to rent a car and drive to Saint George from the airport. But don’t fret—the drive is a breeze! 

 

Drive to St. George Island from Montgomery

Miles: 245 | Drive Time: 4.5 Hours

 

The drive from Montgomery to St. George Island clocks in at right around 4.5 hours, pending weather and traffic. You’ll head southeast through Alabama before shifting south to head towards the island. 

 

To make it to Saint George at the 4.5 hour mark, we recommend taking US-231 South as the most direct route. Alternatively, you can take US-331 South, which routes farther south before heading east, or take US-231 to FL-65 for a slightly farther east route, both of which will add about 15-20 minutes to the travel time.

 

Here’s a quick breakdown of the most direct route from Montgomery to St. George Island:

  • Get on I-85 N from S Decatur St
  • Take US-231 S and I-10 E to FL-69 S in Jackson County. Take exit 152 from I-10 E
  • Continue on FL-69 S to Blountstown
  • Turn left onto FL-20 E
  • Follow Co Rd 12 and FL-65 S to US-319 S/US-98 W in Franklin County
  • Turn right onto US-319 S/US-98 W
  • Continue on Big Bend Scenic Byway Coastal Trail. Drive to W Bay Shore Dr

 

Tips for Driving to St. George Island

 

  • Check your car prior to leaving for the trip: tune up (if necessary), check oil and filters, check battery, check the spare tire, and fill up the tank. And, always have emergency essentials on hand, like jumper cables and a tire patch kit. 
  • Consider joining AAA for emergency roadside services. 
  • Download Waze or another traffic app to get real-time updates on road conditions, traffic conditions, etc. 
  • Check GasBuddy to get the lowest local gas prices during your trip. 
  • For longer drives, break up the trip by visiting 

 

 

Ready to pack your bags and immerse yourself in the island life? 

 

Be sure to check our Vacation Specials page to see the best St. George Island rental deals and our Island Blog for vacation tips, info on area events, and more! 

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Guide To Visiting The St. George Island State Park

Situated along the east end of the island, St. George Island State Park (also known as Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park) is a pristine destination for families and groups. Boasting over nine miles of undeveloped beaches, sand dunes, and marshes, this Florida State Park is the perfect spot to enjoy a secluded day on the water.

 

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Located just south of Tallahassee in Franklin County, the park occupies over 2,000 acres on the barrier island, offering unique experiences on both the Gulf of Mexico and the historic Apalachicola Bay. Open 365 days a year, the state park also offers activities for every season, making it a bucket list item for Florida Panhandle visitors throughout the year.

Featuring picturesque blue water and white sand beaches, the gulf side of the island is ideal for a day on the water. Pack beach favorites like chairs, umbrellas, towels, beach toys and games, and snacks for the ultimate beach getaway. The state park’s Gulf Coast beaches are also less busy than other Florida beaches, making it easy to find hidden gems, like unique sea shells, sharks teeth, beach glass, and more. In 2013, Forbes ranked the beach at St. George Island State Park as the third best in the United States

In contrast, the bay side of the island features marshland ecosystems with thriving wildlife, making it a perfect site for fishing, birdwatching, and even spotting a pod of dolphins. The bay side also features calmer, shallow waters, ideal for casual kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding.

 

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Are you curious about specific activities that are permitted at the St. George Island State Park? Pencil in a few of the following:

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Paddle boarding
  • Kayaking
  • Shelling
  • Running
  • Birding
  • Geocaching
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Roller blading
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Beach and yard games

Wildlife activities are a top draw to the island park—and it’s not hard to figure out why! The state park is home to over 250 species of birds and almost as many species as fish. Other native species include various sea turtles, dolphins, crabs, and amphibians. Summer months find a swell of sea turtles and shore birds like the snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, and willet nesting on the beautiful beaches. If you’re looking to catch your dinner, just remember that you’ll need a license to legally fish in the park. Anglers can fish for flounder, redfish, snapper, sea trout, pompano, whiting, and more in the bay or from the beach.

Visitors that prefer an active lifestyle are also in luck. The park features hiking trails in the form of four miles of paved road and an additional five miles of stabilized road leading to the far end of the island. The park also offers three and a half miles of lush nature trails and a dedicated bike path. The park was designed with an active mindset and is the perfect spot for running, hiking, cycling, and more. If you bring bikes, be sure to pack helmets, as they are required by Florida state law. Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch for a midday break! Multiple beachfront picnic shelters are equipped with grills and tables, as well as accessible restrooms and showers.

Campers love St. George Island State Park! The park is home to a family campground and RV park with more than 50 campsites, a playground, electricity, water hookups and a nearby dump station. Find out more about camping at Florida State Parks, and reserve your campsite today! Visitors are able to reserve a campsite space from one day to 11 months in advance.

Water activities are also popular, with plenty of fun waiting on both sides of the island. The state park offers a boat ramp for easy launching and the ranger station offers affordable rentals for kayaks and paddle boards, though guests are certainly welcome to bring their own.

The St. George Island State Park hosts lively events throughout the year. Events are seasonal and include everything from beach yoga and historical tours to educational children’s programs and guided wildlife tours—to name a few. If you’re curious about what’s happening during your stay, just call the park or visit the website (below) for a full list of weekly activities.

 

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Hurricane Michael update: Due to damages sustained during Hurricane Michael, some areas of SGI State Park are currently closed, including: Sugar Hill Beach Use Area and the East End Special Use Area. The East Slough Beach Use Area is open for parking and beach access only. Restrooms and rinse off showers are available, but the picnic pavilions are not currently use-able at this time.

Four park-style grills are still available for use. The East Slough Boat Ramp should only be used by shallow draft vessels during high tide periods until further notice. Park representatives are aiming to be fully functional in the early fall.


St. George Island State Park FAQs

Do you have a question about visiting St. George Island State Park? Check out our FAQs for more information.

Where is the park located?

The address for the park is:

1900 E. Gulf Beach Dr.

Eastpoint – St. George Island, FL, 32328

What are the park hours?

The park is open from 8 a.m. through sundown daily. The park is open 365 days a year, pending weather.

What is the cost of entry?

The entry fee is $6 per vehicle.

What are the park amenities?

The St. George Island State Park offers several convenient amenities, including hiking and biking trails, paved sidewalks and pathways, picnic tables, grills, waterfront boardwalks, a boat ramp and boat trailer parking area, restroom facilities, water fountains, an on-site information station, and more. Rest assured that you’ll have everything you need for a comfortable visit!

Does the park have a boat launch?

Yes, the boat ramp is located along the gulf side of the park.

Can I fish at the park?

Yes! Just remember that you’ll need a Florida fishing license.

Does the park have restrooms?

Yes! The state park does have restroom facilities that are regularly maintained.

Is the park pet friendly?

Pets are permitted to enter SGI State Park, but are not allowed on the beach, boardwalks, or pavilions. Additionally, all pets must remain on a leash and stay with the owner at all times.

Where can I get more information?

For more information, visit the official state park website at or call (850) 927-2111.

It’s not hard to see why the St. George Island State Park is an annual tradition for many!

Be sure to pencil in this local gem during your island adventure, and visit our official St. George Island blog for more vacation inspiration.