Bald Point State Park occupies 4,065 acres on a peninsula south of Ochlockonee
Bay near the mouth of the Ochlockonee River. Upland forest with pine flatwoods
and oak scrub communities occupy a good portion of the park, but
coastal marshes are the predominant feature in the northeast section. White sand
beaches line the eastern and southern shores of the peninsula. While the park is
located in Franklin County, it still deserves mention in our Nature Coast places
variety of habitats available at Bald Point State Park make this a great place
to bird watch and observe wildlife. It is a favored stopping point for migrating
raptors, wading birds, and other tropical migratory species such as the monarch
butterfly. Loggerhead sea turtles also make their nests along the beaches. Other
endangered species, including the Florida black bear, call this park home.
Public beaches along the eastern shoreline of the park provide access to the
Gulf of Mexico, where swimming and sunbathing are popular activities. Outdoor
showers are provided at the Maritime Hammock and Sunrise Beach access points. No
lifeguards are on duty, so swim at your own risk.
There are 18 miles of multiuse hiking and biking trails in the park, organized
into one-way and loop routes. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the trails. See the
trail map link below for detailed description of each trail.
Kayak and canoe access is available at a launch site at Bald Point for open
water access. You may also launch at Tucker Lake and paddle Claire's Creek to
Ochlockonee Bay. You should plan to have a fairly high tide to navigate Claire's
Creek the entire length.