Discover pristine white sandy beaches along an Atlantic coast barrier island just 70 miles north of West Palm Beach.
This picturesque 340 acre park, Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, lies along North Hutchinson Island near Fort Pierce in St. Lucie County, Florida. Visitors to this peaceful island paradise enjoy swimming, snorkeling, paddling, fishing, hiking, biking, picnicking, bird watching and collecting shells.
Historical Fort Pierce was built here during the early 1800s when it was accessible only through the old Indian River Inlet, a natural waterway near Jack Island; this inlet was closed in the early 1900s. Later, during WWII, the area became known as Dynamite Point and was a training site for Frogmen(today’s Navy Seals).
Come spend a few hours at this peaceful Florida state park along the Atlantic coastline. Pack a picnic and relax at one of the picnic pavilions or on the beach. Picnic tables, grills, benches, restrooms and a playground are provided to help make your visit more comfortable.
The open air pavilions are also ideal for weddings and other special occasions.
Here are some activities that you can do during your visit to Fort Pierce Inlet State Park:
Boating at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Paddle along the Indian River Lagoon and discover its pristine estuary and diverse wildlife. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are offered through the park’s concession, Sunrise City Adventures. There are several access points along the river where you may launch.
Swimming at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Swim, snorkel, scuba dive or float in the clear waters along the coastline at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. The beautiful sandy beach area is perfect for resting, sunbathing and collecting shells. Please be aware that there are no lifeguards; swim at your own risk.
Hiking at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Explore the trails that wind throughout coastal hammock, sand dunes, beach and along the Indian River Lagoon.
- Marsh Rabbit Run Trail – An easy trail through the hammock and mangroves and out to an observation tower. Guests are encouraged to climb the tower for a spectacular view of the surrounding area and the Indian River Lagoon.
- The Oak Hammock Trail – Easy half hour hike through the oak and red bay hammock and a closer look at native flora and fauna found inside the park.
Biking at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park provides a paved pathway for guests who wish to bicycle throughout the park. This path starts outside of the park and connects with the picnic area, playground and beach. All riders under the age of 16 are required to wear helmets.
Fishing at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Fishing for trout, flounder, snook, bluefish and red drum is popular along the shoreline inside Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. Be sure to pack your angling gear and pick up a Florida fishing license for a chance to catch both native and migrating fish along the inlet.
Birding at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
All types of coastal and migratory birds may be seen throughout the park, along the beach, dunes, maritime hammock, mangroves and Indian River Lagoon. Bring your binoculars and bird list, you may see Black skimmers, Royal Terns, Common Loons, Red-breasted Mergansers, Wood Warblers and Roseate Spoonbills during your visit.
Nature and Wildlife at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Witness the beauty of maritime hammock, beach dunes, mangrove forests and the picturesque Indian River Lagoon during your visit to Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. Many species of birds plus deer, gopher tortoises, manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, snakes, fish and more may be seen throughout the park and surrounding area.
Pets at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Well behaved pets are allowed inside Fort Pierce Inlet State Park as long as they are kept on a hand held leash no longer than 6 feet and remain in designated areas.
Camping Near Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park features a primitive youth camping area for nonprofit groups. For all others campgrounds, resorts and more are available nearby. Here are two popular choices:
- The Roadrunner Travel Resort, located at 5500 St. Lucie Blvd in Fort Pierce, has 452 full hookup campsites and cabins nestled in picturesque surroundings.
- Also nearby, Treasure Coast RV Resort, located at 2550 Crossroads Pkwy in Fort Pierce, is a lakeside RV resort with a swimming pool, hot tub, modern clubhouse and free WIFI and cable TV. All sites have electric and water hookups. Laundry facilities are also available.
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
905 Shorewinds Dr
Fort Pierce, FL 34949
Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park: