Bald Point State Park
Some of the most picturesque scenic areas along north Florida's Gulf Coast are found within the park which supports 4,065 upland acres.
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. Each fall, bald eagles and other migrating raptors, along with monarch butterflies, are commonly seen heading south for the winter.
Bald Point offers access to two Apalachee Bay beaches for swimming, sunbathing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing. Facilities include a fishing dock and picnic pavilions.
Bike areas are provided. Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.
There is one paddle/boat in primitive campsite available on Chaires Creek. For reservations, please call the park at 850-349-9146 or Ochlockonee River State Park at 850-962-2771.
Canoe Kayak Launch
A canoe launch is available on Tucker Lake. Take Range Road for access to a dirt service road 200 yards west of the Chaires Creek Bridge on the right as you drive east on Range Road.
Canoeing and Kayaking
Visitors enjoy canoeing on Chaires Creek and Tucker Lake, a large brackish lake connected to the Ochlockonee Bay by way of Chaires Creek. To explore the extensive tidal creek system, it is a short paddle to Chaires Creek from the Tucker Lake canoe/kayak launch. To access the canoe and kayak launch take the last dirt service road on the right off of Range Road 200 yards west of the Chaires Creek Bridge. The dirt parking area at the launch site can accommodate 12 vehicles during dry conditions. The launch area is a flat sandy area where vehicles can unload canoes and kayaks near the waters edge.
At Bald Point’s North End and Sunrise entrances, surf fishing and wading out to oyster bars is a popular pastime.
There is also a small fishing pier, with mobi-mat access, located in the park where Bald Point Road terminates at Ochlockonee Bay. This is located in the area known as the North End Entrance. Among the varieties of saltwater fish found in the brackish tidal waterway are redfish, trout, flounder and mackerel.
Visitors may fish on the bridge over tidal Chaires Creek off of Range Road, and in Tucker Lake, by canoe or kayak. Sea trout, red fish, flounder and sheepshead are common catches. This is also an excellent area to cast net for mullet or to catch blue crabs.
All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.
Explore the park in a new and challenging way. Experienced Geocachers have requested permission to hide caches containing trinkets, treasures, or information in various places around the park. Please check the Geocaching website for the most current and up-to-date information and clues to locate these caches.
Operation Recreation GeoTour
Hiking Nature Trail
The park offers over 18 miles of multi-use trails.
All three beach access points have accessible picnic pavilions with picnic tables and standing grills that are close to the beach. Restrooms are nearby. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
Swimming and sunbathing are popular activities on the sandy beaches. Lifeguards are not provided.
Birders can observe many varieties of nesting and migrating birds at Bald Point. These include shorebirds along the beach, warblers in the maritime oak hammocks, wading birds, and birds of prey in and around the marsh areas. There is an accessible boardwalk and observation deck overlooking the marsh near North End beach.
Bald Point State Park is committed to providing accessible amenities to all park visitors. These amenities include:
Accessible boardwalk and observation deck
Accessible outdoor showers/rinse stations
Accessible picnic pavilions
Mobi-mat beach access
Bald Point offers access to two Apalachee Bay beaches. Sunrise beach and North End beach both have mobi-mat access. A beach wheelchair is available, reservations can be made by calling the park office at 850-349-9146. Accessible picnic pavilions are located at Sunrise beach, North End beach and Maritime Hammock beach. Grills and restrooms are also available. Please, NO pets on the beach.
Outdoor showers are available at the Maritime Hammock beach access and accessible shower station at Sunrise Beach.
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