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Big Bend Scenic Byway and Beach Loop

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9.3 mile 15.0 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 44' 13 m
Descent: -43' -13 m
High: 7' 2 m
Low: -21' -7 m

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Max Grade: 2% (1°)

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A long meandering road to a beautiful point with a great beach hike.

Gunks Jesse

Features Birding · Swimming

Overview

This trail provides access to East Point on Saint George Island. This is a prime location for surf fishing as many larger fish use this as an access point between Saint George Island and Apalachicola Bay. The hike is long (approximately 5 miles each way), but if you are out for a day and want the feel of a deserted island, this is the hike to get you there.

Need to Know

The dirt path is a road that may be accessed by vehicles. Special use permits to use the road with your vehicle can be obtained from the park ranger station.

Make sure you bring LOTS of water and plenty of snacks. It's a long hike and there is NO shade. Sunscreen is a must.

Description

Begin at the Sugar Hill visitor center. From the parking area, head east to the locked vehicle gate. A small person gate is unlocked to provide access for pedestrians and bicycles. Follow the dirt path as it winds through the sand dunes for 5 miles. Along the way, you'll pass bird nesting areas (keep out!) and may see snakes, sand crabs, and a large variety of birds. Scrub brush and sand are the main features on the ground. You'll also pass a small pond on the left.

Eventually, the trail will ease left and reach the point. Excellent fishing can be done here (Florida salt water license required). I think the best return hike is via the beach on the gulf side of the island. It provides a change of scenery, and the water is typically crystal clear on a calm day, enabling you to see ocean life swimming along the shore. Dolphins, rays, and lots of fish are typical of this area. Continue west on the beach until you reach the Sugar Hill visitor center.

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Nov 30, 2017
Fred Podris
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The stabilized sand road runs through dunes and scrub brush.
May 20, 2015 near Eastpoint, FL

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