Bald Point State Park’s gorgeous Gulf Coast views, sandy beaches and lush maritime hammock welcomes guests looking to kayak, swim, fish, collect shells, birdwatch and hike. This picturesque Florida state park is located 44 miles SW of Tallahassee in Alligator Point, Florida.
More than 4,000 acres of woods, marshland and beaches create a natural habitat for many species of wildlife allowing visitors a close up view of sea life, birds, butterflies, wildflowers and more.
Spend a day experiencing the great outdoors inside this peaceful area with its breathtaking views of the Gulf. For a closer look and to gain more appreciation of nature and wildlife, walk along the trails, the beach, the boardwalks and out to the observation deck.
Pack a lunch and relax in one of the picnic areas. Pavilions, picnic tables, grills and restrooms are located throughout the park for your comfort and enjoyment.
This beautiful area has been home to many humans over the centuries. Native Americans fished, hunted and thrived here for thousands of years before the Spanish arrived. Seine fishing yards were established during the mid 1800s and pitch was harvested here during the early 1900s.
Here are some more activities that you can do during your visit to Bald Point State Park:
Boating at Bald Point State Park
Bald Point State Park is surrounded by water, so of course, it’s a popular place for kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. Guests enjoy paddling along Chaires Creek or Tucker Lake. A canoe/kayak launch is located on Tucker Lake.
Swimming at Bald Point State Park
Swim, snorkel, sunbathe and search for shells along the sandy beaches and pristine coastline within Bald Point State Park. The park offers three beach access areas – Sunrise Beach, North End Beach and Maritime Hammock Beach- for guests to play, rest and enjoy their vacation time. There are no lifeguards so guests should be extra cautious and alert.
Picnic pavilions with tables and grills, restrooms and outdoor showers are located near the beach areas. For those who may need it – a beach wheelchair is available and may be reserved by calling the park office ahead of time.
Hiking at Bald Point State Park
There are some 18 miles of multi-use trails within Bald Point State Park. These trails stretch throughout the pine flatwoods, oak thickets and coastal marshland offering visitors a chance to see nature and wildlife up close.
Fishing at Bald Point State Park
Bald Point State Park offers several ideal locations for anglers throughout the park: a small fishing pier on Ochlockonee Bay, a bridge over Chaires Creek, boat fishing in Tucker Lake and surf fishing or wading near the oyster bars.
Popular catches within the park are trout, flounder, mackerel, redfish, sheepshead, mullet and blue crabs. Be sure to pick up a Florida fishing license before heading out to the park.
Birding at Bald Point State Park
Located along the Great Florida Birding Trail, Bald Point State Park is an excellent place to view many species of native and migratory birds.
Shorebirds, wading birds, song birds and birds of prey may be spotted throughout the park’s oak hammocks, marshland and coastline. An accessible boardwalk leads out to an observation deck that overlooks the marsh and offers guests a closer look.
Look for Cooper’s Hawks, bald eagles, Red Knots, Peregrine Falcons, Northern Harriers, Marsh Wrens, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, osprey, wood ducks and Brown-headed Nuthatches.
Nature and Wildlife at Bald Point State Park
Many species of wildlife live among the almost 5,000 acres of protective coastal wilderness inside Bald Point State Park. Deer, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, alligators, tortoises, snakes, birds, crabs, fish and migratory butterflies may be seen throughout the park’s maritime hammock, tidal marshlands, ponds and wildflowers.
Bring your binoculars for a chance to a closer look at these beautiful butterflies: monarchs, common buckeyes, gulf fritillaries, long-tailed skippers and Ocola skippers.
Pets at Bald Point State Park
Well behaved pets are allowed inside Bald Point State Park but must be kept on a hand held leash no longer than 6 feet. Pets are not permitted in any park buildings or in the beach area.
Camping at Bald Point State Park
Bald Point State Park has one paddle-in primitive campsite for guests interested in staying overnight inside the park. The site is located along Chaires Creek. For more information or to make a reservation call 850-349-9146.
Ochlockonee River State Park, only 25 miles west of Bald Point State Park, has modern and primitive campsites.
This state park’s overnight accommodations consist of 30 modern campsites (each with water and electric hookups, a picnic table and fire ring) and a primitive group camping area. Restrooms, showers and potable water are located near all camping areas within the park.
Bald Point State Park
146 Box Cut Rd
Alligator Point, FL 32346
Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Bald Point State Park:
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