Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

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Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
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Map showing the location of Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Map showing the location of Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Location North Hutchinson IslandSt. Lucie County, Florida, USA
Nearest city Fort Pierce, Florida
Coordinates 27°28′59″N 80°18′22″W / 27.48306°N 80.30611°W / 27.48306; -80.30611Coordinates: 27°28′59″N 80°18′22″W / 27.48306°N 80.30611°W / 27.48306; -80.30611
Area 340 acres (1.4 km2)
Governing body Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, a 340-acre (1.4 km2) part of the Florida State Park system, is located just north of the Fort Pierce Inlet, on North Hutchinson Island, near Fort Pierce. It consists of beaches, dunes and coastal hammock between the Atlantic Ocean and the waters of Tucker Cove, an indentation of the Indian River Lagoon.[1]

Recreational Activities[edit]

The primary use of the park is as a recreation area. Activities include fishing, swimming, surfing, picnicking, hiking, and birding as well as scuba diving, snorkeling, and youth camping. Amenities include a half-mile beach, primitive youth/group campground, a paved bike path, playground, picnic area, a nature trail, and a reef about 100 yards (91 m) from the beach.

Jack Island State Preserve[edit]

Jack Island State Preserve, located a mile north of Fort Pierce Inlet State Park on State Road A1A is under the same manager as the state park. Jack Island features trails for hiking, biking, and studying nature. At the west end of its Marsh Rabbit Run Trail, there is an observation tower that affords spectacular views of the Indian River as well as Jack Island itself.

At present Jack Island State preserve is closed. The footbridge to Jack Island is unsound and has been closed indefinitely for repairs.[2]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Map of Fort Pierce, etc, 1998, Fort Lauderdale: Dolph Map Co.
  2. ^ www.floridastateparks.org Retrieved December 2011

External links[edit]

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