This barrier island between Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico is a true gem. Only $6 per car to enter, we drove to the very end which is the "Sugar Hill Beach Area". Parked the car and went on the beach. No crowds, a few fisherman, and lots of sea birds. Started walking toward the east end (five miles are only accessible by foot) and it wasn't all to long, we were all alone.
The water was a warm 81 deg. so a little dip now and then was just great. Collected lots of shells and on the way back, cut accross the dunes and walked part of the nature trail pased marsh island. Once back at the car we took advantage of the shelter there to take a shower, then enjoyed a picnic at one of the several tables provide, and enjoyed the view across the Gulf. Overall this is one of the most picturesque state parks with plenty of sandy coves, salt marshes, even tall pines and nine miles of undeveloped beaches and dunes. Hated to leave, but then all good things, unfortunately, must come to an end.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This nine mile area includes untouched beaches, dunes and marshes and offers camping sites. ... more less