St. George Island State Park off the Gulf Coast of Florida near Tallahassee is not only a great place for outdoor recreation, but it’s also home to fantastic beaches and plentiful wildlife including sea turtles and a variety of birds. This state park is also dog-friendly so you can bring your favorite fur baby along.
With nine miles of pristine Gulf coast beaches, visitors at St George Island State Park have plenty of room to enjoy the sand and surf. In 2014, the beaches here were ranked third in the United States by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, also known as “Dr. Beach.” They were also ranked third in 2013 by Forbes.
If you’d like to go for a walk or a ride, St. George Island State Park has several trails, including a one-mile trail that features boardwalks, benches, and information about the resources in the area, as well as a two-and-a-half-mile trail that runs from the campground through the forest to the bay.
For bicyclists, there are four miles of paved roads along the main park road, five miles of stabilized roads leading to the east end, and three and a half miles of nature trails that are open to bicycles. And there’s plenty to do on the water, from boating and fishing to canoeing, kayaking, and more.
For overnight stays, St. George Island State Park has 60 sites with electricity and water hookups. The campground also features a dumping station and restrooms with hot showers. For those with children, St. George Island State Park has a playground at the family campground. No alcohol is permitted anywhere in the campground.
Pets are permitted at St. George Island State Park in specified areas and must remain leashed. Walking your dog is permitted in the campground, on the trails, and on paved roads. Always pick up pet waste and be respectful of other park visitors. Leave aggressive or loud dogs at home.
St. George Island State Park is open from 8:00 AM to sunset every day. Admission costs $6 per vehicle. If you’re near Tallahassee and looking for some beautiful beaches or a spot to camp, bring your furry friend and your family to St. George Island State Park.