Well-known for its sugar white sands and emerald green waters, this former military reservation has over one-and-a-half miles of beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and Grand Lagoon. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and canoeing. Two fishing piers, a jetty, and a boat ramp provide ample fishing opportunities for anglers. Two nature trails wind through a rich diversity of coastal plant communities - a splendid opportunity for bird-watching. Those wanting to relax can sunbathe on the beach or enjoy a leisurely lunch under the shade of a picnic pavilion. Full-facility campsites, as well as primitive youth group camping, make this park a popular overnight destination. A concession offers snacks, souvenirs, and fishing amenities. Shell Island Boat Tours are available during the spring and summer.

it's a nice trail through the trees. the dogs enjoyed it 2

A short nature walk. Beautiful place! We always see gators! Too bad it has gotten SO crowded though!

Short but great for what it is. Saw tons of wildlife

It's beautiful and nice but I wouldn't really consider it a hiking trail. That's just me personally. It's so short and you can't really go anywhere. But if you want a beautiful spot to take a short walk and relax and picnic, this is it. It's gorgeous!

We stay here every year. Love the trails. The kiddos always see deer, rabbits, raccoons and occasionally an alligator. Great for family fun!

walking
Saturday, May 17, 2014

Pretty "civilized," but this is a great area to spend the day. Full facilities, campground, day use areas, and plenty of beach access.

Be sure to check out the Gator Lake Nature Trail. If you're quiet and patient, you will see one!