Activities here revolve around the natural environment. Kayaking, fishing, boating, and biking are all very popular activities. Visitors can take a guided tour on the River, see the historic Apalachicola waterfront and learn about the role the river has played in the area’s history and economy, head up river to view the many wild and isolated marshes and swamps or take a trip across the Bay to one of the barrier islands – St.Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge, Cape St.George State Preserve, home of the Cape St.George Lighthouse and Dog Island.
If you should choose to forgo a guided trip, you can always rent a kayak, canoe or boat and forge ahead on your own.
Land based adventures include trips into the expansive Apalachicola National Forest or Tate’s Hell State Forest. Here visitors can enjoy hiking, hunting and fishing in thousands of acres of primitive forests.
Cape St. George State Reserve
This 9 miles long reserve is one of three barrier islands that separate Apalachicola Bay from the Gulf of Mexico. The Reserve’s remoteness and wilderness qualities provide an opportunity to explore and enjoy a remnant of Florida’s original natural landscaping. It also home to the Cape St.George Lighthouse and lighthouse keeper’s quarters. Built in 1852, the lighthouse stands 72 feet tall. Shell collecting is very good, but accessible only by boat.
St. George Island State Park
Nine miles of undeveloped beach, pristine shoreline, majestic dunes and bay forest, sandy coves and salt marshes. A series of hiking trails, boardwalks and observation platforms great for hiking, camping or a leisurely stroll. (850) 927 – 2111
Tour Providers and Boat Rentals on St. George Island
Journeys of St. George Island
Island tours, fishing, shelling, lighthouse, kayak, canoe, and sailboat rentals. Children’s programs. (850) 927-3259
Tropical Charters & Boat Rentals
Boat rentals half day or all day. All boats are USGC approved and fully equipped. 20′ or 23′ pontoon boats, 19′ Carolina skiff. All boats feature 4 stroke engines. Price includes gas, launching and pickup service. (850) 927-2300
16 & 18 ft Hobie Cats and more
Brochure with more information about Hobie Cats rental.