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North Peninsula State Park
There's two miles of sandy beach at North Peninsula State Park
North Peninsula State Park is a 534-acre property located on State Road A1A about four miles south of Flagler Beach. The park offers visitors more than two miles of unspoiled sandy Atlantic beachfront. As the park straddles the barrier island, in the vegetation on the western side of the A1A you might find some rare Florida scrub jays, eastern indigo snakes or gopher tortoises. There's excellent surf fishing along the beach and excellent bank fishing along the shore of the Intracoastal Waterway.
For bicyclists there is a bike trail that runs the length of the A1A through North Peninsula State Park. Hikers can enjoy a leisurely two-mile walk along the Coastal Strand Trail or 2.5 miles along the beach. There's a picnic area at Smith Creek Landing with restroom facilities nearby.
North Peninsula State Park is engaged in a long-term saltmarsh restoration project. Back in the early 1900's, dredging activities along the Intracoastal Waterway dumped spoil materials on top of the original saltmarsh and nearly destroyed it. The objective of today's project is to remove all those dredging spoils and return the saltmarsh to its former glory as a productive habitat for a wide range of animals and plants. Part of the process requires burning some of the vegetation. Another part requires the complete removal and replacement of some materials. At times, the truck traffic can be heavy and at times, the trails in that area will be closed to the public.
North Peninsula State Park is a free, day-use only park, open every day of the year from 8 am until sunset.
A pond at North Peninsula State Park