Recreation / Rest / Nature - Access For All in Florida State Parks
Florida State Parks ensure there are affordable, friendly, places where families and individuals can play hard or rest easy. Here is September’s featured five + 1 “Celebrating Access for All”.
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park Northwest Region
A note from park manager, Mark Knapke (Mark from the Park)
I hope you are able to visit St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is a great place to relax at the beach, swim, go snorkeling, fish, launch your boat, or enjoy a sunrise over the bay or a sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is one of Florida's most diverse state parks and was rated top beach in the nation in 2002 and best State Park in 2012. There is something for everyone to enjoy with a multitude of recreational opportunities and an abundance of wildlife. Come and enjoy nine miles of white sand beach and view some of the most prominent dune formations in the United States.
The park offers 119 camp sites, 7 cabins, a group camp and primitive camping; reservations can be made through Reserve America. We have three nature trails and a Wilderness Preserve for you to explore and observe the various wildlife and plant communities. Come during Scallop season and catch your own bay scallops; it is great family fun and our bay scallops are some of the most delicious things you will ever eat. Hope to see you soon.
St Joseph - Accessible Amenities
T.H Stone Memorial - St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is committed to providing a variety of accessible amenities for visitors.
Those amenities include:
Suwannee River State Park - Northeast Region
Suwannee River was among the first parks to become part of the Florida State Park system. An original 300 acres was purchased in 1936. The park now has more than 1800 acres in three counties: Suwannee, Madison, and Hamilton.
Suwannee River Accessible Amenities Include
Located along the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, each of five riverside cabins accommodate up to six people. These spacious two bedroom cabins have heating and cooling, an electric fireplace, screened porch and kitchenette. They are fully equipped with linens and kitchen utensils. Picnic tables and grills are conveniently located at each cabin. One cabin is ADA accessible.
Located near the Suwannee River, the campground offers 30 oak-shaded sites with electricity, water, sewer, picnic table, and fire ring. Three campsites are ADA accessible. The campground offers ADA accessible restrooms with showers.
Sebastian Inlet State Park – Central Region
Sebastian Inlet State Park is a wonderful place to view wildlife. Located on the tip of two barrier islands and surrounded by water, birds flock to Sebastian Inlet State Park. Visitors have a chance to view over 180 species of birds during the course of a year. The Sebastian Inlet State Park is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Sebastian Inlet State Park and the surrounding beaches have the largest nesting assemblage of sea turtles in the United States. During June and July visitors have an opportunity to witness nesting loggerhead sea turtles on a ranger-led walk. Reservations for these tours are necessary. Juvenile green sea turtles feed in the seagrass beds of the Indian River Lagoon and can be seen on the reefs off of the McLarty Treasure Museum. In the water surrounding the park Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are commonly seen. Manatees inhabit these waters from March to October. The most endangered whale species in the world is the right whale, with a population of only 300. During the months of January and February, right whales can sometimes be observed traveling close to the coast. Raccoons, opossums, and many other small animals can be routinely observed. Bobcats, alligators, and river otters are occasionally seen.
Sebastian Inlet - Accessible Amenities
- Picnic Tables
- Park Brochure & Publications (large print available)
- Park Programs (sign language interpreters upon advanced request)
- Fishing Piers and Catwalks
- Boat Ramps & Canoe and Kayak Launch Areas
- Covered Picnic Pavilions
- Restaurant & Gift Shops
- Beach Accesses & Beach Wheelchair
- Fish Cleaning Station
- Wildlife Viewing Areas
Oscar Scherer State Park – Southwest Region
In her will, Elsa Scherer Burrows (1884-1955) left the family’s 460-acre South Creek Ranch to the state in memory of her father Oscar Scherer (who invented a process for dyeing leather in 1872). After a year of preparation, Oscar Scherer State Park opened to the public in 1956. Three decades later, realtor and environmentalist, Jon Thaxton began campaigning for the state to purchase and protect adjoining Florida scrub-jay territory. With help from The Nature Conservancy, Sarasota County and wide public support, the state purchased an additional 922 acres from the adjacent Palmer Ranch in 1991. The park now preserves more than two square-miles of natural land in a rapidly developing region, and provides resource-based recreation for over 100,000 visitors annually.
Oscar Scherer - Accessible Amenities Include
- Accessible campsites
- Lester Finley Barrier Free Trail
- Lake Osprey Trail
- Beach wheelchair
- Fishing dock
- Canoe/kayak launch
- Nature Center
- Lake Beach access
- Videos with closed/open caption
- Picnic pavilions and benches
- Fire rings
- Tram tours
- Listening devices
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park – Southeast Region
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is a half-mile stretch of white sand on a sunny Florida beach. During World War II, it was the birthplace and training ground for U.S. Navy Frogmen, forerunners of today's Navy Seals. It was here that many of the 140,000 personnel stationed in the area practiced for the D-Day invasion of Europe. 'Dynamite Point' earned its name from the activities of the Navy Underwater Demolition Team.
Fort Pierce Inlet - Accessible Amenities Include
- Beach Wheelchairs
- Accessible Youth Campsite
- Picnic pavilions and benches
- Playground Area
John U. Lloyd State Park - Southeast Region
Due to the efforts of John U. Lloyd, Broward County's attorney for 30 years, the state approved the purchase of this property in 1954 and the park was named in his honor. Lloyd Beach has one of the easiest and most interesting shore dives in the area. The park has two boat ramps with easy access to the ocean through the Port Everglades Inlet, which will please those who prefer to fish in open water. The mangrove-lined waterway is a scenic place to canoe, observe bird life, and take photographs. Located off A1A in the City of Hollywood.
Lloyd Beach - Accessible Amenities Include
- Beach wheelchairs
- Accessible picnic pavilions and grills
- Accessible fishing from the jetty
- Boat Ramp