Florida’s Forgotten Coast is home to hundreds of thousands of beautiful, protected acres filled with breathtaking regional wildlife. One of the best spots in Franklin County for nature-viewing explorers is beautiful Bald Point State Park.
Nestled at the easternmost end of Franklin County on Alligator Point, where Ochlockonee Bay meets Apalachee Bay, Bald Point is a must-visit destination for nature lovers, hikers and paddlers. Spanning more than 4,000 upland acres, the park’s coastal marshes, pine flatwoods and oak thickets foster a lush diversity of plants and wildlife, making the park a popular destination for hikers.
If you’re looking to take a hike, Bald Point State Park has five trail heads providing access to 20 miles of hiking trails. Trail maps are available at trail head kiosks.
Want to take in the wonder of regional wildlife? Visit the park’s observation boardwalk, which overlooks prime areas for viewing rare Florida black bears. If you’re lucky, you may spot these adorable furry creatures taking a dip at the beach.
Bald Point offers countless exceptional recreational activities, from windsurfing and swimming to canoeing and kayaking to fishing and birdwatching. Each fall, Bald Point visitors have an opportunity to observe bald eagles, other migrating raptors and monarch butterflies heading south for the winter. If you’re an avid bird-watcher, be sure to make a nest at the ancient maritime hammock at the park’s North Point beach access or take a walk on the birding boardwalk.
Looking to reel in the catch of the day? Visit the park’s fishing pier, which extends out into the Ochlockonee Bay. This is a prime spot to land flounder, red fish, trout or mullet.
If you prefer a peaceful stroll in the sand or a little bit of sunbathing, check out Bald Point’s three beach access points. These areas provide access to some of the most undeveloped, pristine beaches the northern Gulf Coast has to offer.
Bald Point also offers access to two Apalachee Bay beaches for swimming, sunbathing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing. Facilities include a fishing dock and picnic pavilions.
If you’re a nature lover, Bald Point State Park is a must-see.