What to do in Bald Point State Park

Some of the most picturesque scenic areas along north Florida┬┤s Gulf Coast can be found at this park. Located on Alligator Point where Ochlockonee Bay meets Apalachee Bay, Bald Point offers a multitude of land and water activities. Coastal marshes, pine flatwoods, and oak thickets foster a diversity of biological communities that make the park a popular destination for birding and wildlife viewing. Every fall, bald eagles, other migrating raptors, and monarch butterflies are commonly sighted as they head south for the winter. Bald Point offers access to two Apalachee Bay beaches for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing. Other activities include canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, and hiking. Facilities include a fishing dock and picnic pavilions.

Bald Point offers access to two Apalachee Bay beaches. A pavilions, grills, and restrooms are also available. Please, NO pets on the beach.

Close to the beach are three covered pavilions with picnic tables and standing grills. Restrooms are nearby.

Recreation
Situated on the Apalachee Bay and at the mouth of the Ochlockonee River, canoeing and kayaking are popular activities. A canoe and kayak launch ramp is available.

Surf fishing and wading out to oyster bars is a popular pastime. Among the varieties of saltwater fish found in the brackish tidal waterway are redfish, trout, flounder, and mackerel.

Walk along the side roads for the experience of seasonal wildflowers and birds.

Location
From Panacea, FL, go south on Hwy 98 for approximately 5 miles. Turn left on SR 370, travel approximately 5 miles to Bald Point Road. Turn left onto Bald Point Road and travel approximately 3 miles to the park entrance.

Climate
Florida's weather is dominated by the water that surrounds it. The Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Gulf of Mexico in the west provide a stabilizing force that maintains the mild climate. Northern Florida is considered sub tropical, although it does receive some snow. This area is drier than the rest of the state. Southern areas of the state, definitely the Keys, lie within a tropical climate. Humidity is high, a characteristic of the climate, although the temperatures usually don't extend past 90 degrees F.

On the average the state receives 50 to 65 inches of rain. Summer is the rainy season, which extends into October in the south. Hurricane season begins in late August. Some hurricanes can bring up to 25 inches of rain. An average of two hurricanes per season reach the Florida peninsula. Most often these storms reach the Atlantic Coast rather than the Gulf Coast.

Address
146 Box Cut
Alligator Point, FL 32346

Phone: 850-349-9146

Email: michael.strivelli@dep.state.fl.us
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