St. George Island Beaches
The unspoiled white sands of the Forgotten Coast beaches are a breathtaking contrast to the sparkling blue waters of the Gulf. The wide, uncrowded shores and gentle surf make a great environment for sunning or swimming the day away. Each summer, the Franklin County beaches welcome throngs of migrating sea turtles as they set up nesting sites in the sand. The St. George Island beaches are among the most pet-friendly around, with only the East End Fishing Beach and State Park beach area being off-limits to pups.
St. George Island State Park
The beach at Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park is the longest beachfront state park in the state of Florida. At over 2,000 acres, the barrier island park is a fantastic destination for birdwatching, fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, boating, and stargazing. Nature trails through dense forests and marshlands lead to campgrounds, a playground, and abundant shelling grounds along the shoreline. Two natural boat ramps provide access to Apalachicola Bay.
Tate’s Hell State Forest
Also known as Tate’s Hell Swamp, Tate’s Hell State Forest was once a hub of the timber industry and home to a collection of diverse habitats. Development disrupted the ecosystems at one time, but restoration efforts have revived more than 100,000 acres of wetlands, swamps, and forests, replenishing wildlife habitats. Tate’s Hell State Forest is home to centuries-old cypress trees, a boardwalk and observation tower, and 35 miles of rivers, streams and creeks available for canoeing, boating and fishing.