St. George Island is a barrier island on the Forgotten Coast of Florida. It is a quiet island with individual residences and rental homes. There are a few small restaurants and tourists’ shops. It has sugar sand beaches, great sunsets and star gazing. The State Park offers great camping and hiking trails. This is a quiet island with the park offering nature at its best for birding, beach combing, shelling and even surf fishing.
We camped here and it was an easy distance to the beach area. Pets are permitted in the camping are but not allowed on the beaches, boardwalk or pavilions. The sites have water and electric and there is a dump station.
This is of course a barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and Apalachicola Bay so it gets a good deal of hurricanes. Hurricane Michael which destroyed Mexico Beach did some damage to the boardwalks, pavillons and boat ramps.
You may want to view St. George Island State Park’s website for more information.
Cape St. George Island Lighthouse
On Friday, October 21, 2005, the Cape St. George Light collapsed into the Gulf of Mexico. On Monday, December 1, 2008, the newly reconstructed lighthouse was opened to the public. The original lighthouse was built in 1833 and rebuilt in 1848 and 1852 on what is now Little St. George Island but fell into the Gulf of Mexico from beach erosion and wave action.
The St. George Lighthouse Association worked with the state and federal government to salvage the pieces and it was reconstructed using as much as the original materials as possible on St. George Island, its current location.
The lighthouse keeper’s house is a replica and houses a museum and gift shop. For more information use the link below.
St. George Island State Park and the Island’s Lighthouse are great places to visit.