Mash Island Park
Explore a unique coastal marsh belt ecosystem where marsh grass gives way to a coastal beach. Mash Island Park is home to unique and beautiful landscapes, with lots of savanna, tidal creeks and wide open sky. Mash Island is always great for bird-watching, sunsets, and nature photography. The marsh grass gives way to a small public beach which is ideal for sunbathing and is a perfect area for families with kids as there are always shallow waters to splash in along the beach.. The tidal marsh pools are absolutely incredible and invite your exploration. Don't forget to bring your bikes, as the first phase of the Ochlockonee Bay Bike Trail is now complete and provides a multi-use trail from Mash Island Park to the Ochlockonee Bay Bridge.
Shell Point Beach
Shell Point Beach is the sailing spot of choice for members of the Shell Point Sailboard Club. Shell Point is about 45 minutes south of Tallahassee, Florida, and is located on the northern edge of Apalachee Bay. Although the beach was previously under private ownership, members of the SPSC and local activists of Wakulla County petitioned the State of Florida for grant money to purchase the beach, fearing loss of access due to condominium development. Grant monies were awarded to Wakulla County in December, 1995, and Shell Point Beach is now managed by the Wakulla County Parks and Recreation Department. Beach amenities include a large covered pavilion, three sun shelters, a playground, and restroom facilities.
Bald Point State Park
Just over the Ochlockonee Bay Bridge is Bald Point State Park. Some of the most picturesque scenic areas along north Florida's Gulf Coast are found within the park which supports 4,065 upland acres. Located on Alligator Point, where Ochlockonee Bay meets Apalachee Bay, Bald Point offers a multitude of land and water activities. Coastal marshes, pine flatwoods, and oak thickets foster a diversity of biological communities that make the park a popular destination for birding and wildlife viewing. Each fall, bald eagles and other migrating raptors, along with monarch butterflies, are commonly seen heading south for the winter. Bald Point offers access to two Apalachee Bay beaches for swimming, sunbathing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing. Facilities include a fishing dock and picnic pavilions.