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“Perfect Peninsula”

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
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Owner description: One of the top beaches in 1995.
Wetumpka, Alabama
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Perfect Peninsula”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

Sand Dunes and Quiet Serenity. Lots of wildlife but not lots of people. Scallop in the bay or crab and fish. Not into to action enjoy the great water and just relax. You better take what you need with you, long way back into town.

Visited January 2013
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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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“Looks like the rest of the Cape.”
Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

Paid $6.00 at the gate. Drove around looking at the camp sites. I noted sites with water and electric. There is a dump station. All the sites were carved out of the thick forest and felt claustrophobic. The one on the dunes looked much better. There are nice boardwalks all over.

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Florida
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

The beach side is stunning, the wilderness trail has sugar sand was a great walk.
Be prepared with water and food, it took us 6.5 hours to walk almost 16 miles. We were prepared but saw others who were not even though the park rangers warn you and it on the paperwork.
Other recommendation, go through the wilderness trail first, the sugar sand is exhausting after walking the beach side.

Visited January 2013
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Europe-->Georgia
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12 reviews
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“Relaxed getaway”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

We needed to get away from all the Holidays, so we booked on short notice a spot at the State park. Weather was mixed, but hey, it is end of December. Very relaxed atmosphere and friendly people . Overall it was clean (one bath house is a little older), but the volunteers did a great job keeping up the standards. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the Beach, but there is plenty trails to walk and soak in the lagoon type nature with sandy beaches and hidden coves. It is a bit far out to the next city for shopping, but that should not be your main priority when getting there.
The whole peninsula is very bicycle friendly, the booking through the Florida State park website was hassle free.

Visited December 2012
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Rome, Georgia
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“St Joseph Revisited”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Nature, beautiful beach, and great facilities. If you are looking for lots of tourist stuff this area is not your place. Look at Panama City FL. We like this park for winter camping. I have read horror stories about bugs in some summer months. This was our second time camping here with our travel trailer.

FACILITIES -We camped at the Ocean Breeze campground, one of two in the park. The other campground is the Pines Campground. Ocean Breeze has a certain tropical appeal with palms and sand and the Pines just a few hundred yards away has the woods. Campsites at both places are nicely spaced and many have vegetation separating them. One aspect that may be a drawback is the arrangement of water and electric hookups. Two sites share a water connection source. At every other site. The water is on the opposite side. On these sites the electric hookup is on one side of the site and the water on the other. Not a major problem but you will be stepping over your hose, and you may need a longer hose than you are used to.

The showers and bathrooms were kept very clean and the shower stalls have a "door" and dressing area as well as a shower curtain shower area. There is a washer /dryer at the bath house. Firewood is sold at the entrance to the park.

Each site has a fire ring with a flip down grill top. There are posts for a clothesline (bring your own rope). There are some sites with concrete pads. They are not marked handicap so you would need that info if you wanted to check. There were some big rigs in the camp but I would check before on what is available as some sites you will not be able to get into with a big rig. Not many pull through sites at least in Ocean Breeze.
There are some cabins available that looked nice from the outside.

ACTIVITIES- There are several trails you can hike. They are easy to moderate and The Bay trail and Hammock Trail take less than an hour. There is a board walk trail between the two campgrounds. The end of this trail is next to campsite 37 in Ocean Breeze and there is no sign telling you it is there. Do wear shoes as the wood on the walk is rough and splintered. This walk is behind the dunes nest to the marsh. It is a nice walk.
There is a wilderness trail and camping that you will need permits for. You will also need to let them know at the gate if you are going to hike on the beach into the wilderness area. People have walked for hours up the beach not thinking of taking water with them. There are random patrols up the beach on ATVs. You can hike from the campground to the end of the peninsula in maybe 4 hours. Of course if it is 4 hours one way it is also 4 hours back.
The Bay trail is a great place to watch the sun rise. You will see lots of birds on any morning and we saw many deer this trip.

There was a Great Horned owl that perched on a power pole in the campground and a hawk that perched on the outside shower pole on at the bathhouse. Speaking of critters, there are raccoons so as any camper will know, you will have night time visitors to your camp.

People like to fish and crab here. Kayaking is great as there are many creatures in the bay and the water is usually clear and shallow. Bicycling is definitely a good idea and there is a long bike lane outside the park without hills.

There are a couple of stores on the peninsula where you can get supplies. a small restaurant just outside the park (with ice cream) Speaking of restaurants there is a pizza place we like. Joe Mammas is in Port St Joe and you may think it is pricy but we like it. I have reviewed it if you would like to check it out.

I will allow you to search for your own seafood places.

Visited January 2013
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