State Park named No. 1 Best hiking trail in Florida

I hope you will pull on your hiking boots and experience Florida from a new point of view: hiking. Once you set foot on the trail, you will be grateful you’re there. As with any planned hike, pack plenty of water. Florida can be very hot, and it’s of the utmost importance that you carry enough water with you. It’s also important to note that many of these hikes are located in state parks that may have a small entrance or parking fee.

Sunset over the beach along the St. Joseph Bay Trail.

1. St. Joseph Bay Trail, T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Port St. Joe

This scenic coastal trail is a short hike in the T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park that is well worth every step. The hiking trail comes in at a little under one mile. It’s a loop trail that’s rated easy. Plan to spend two hours on this trail as the birding opportunities are endless. This hike provides great insight into the coastal habitat along Cape San Blas, which is a natural beauty in itself.

The best tip I can give you is to dress in layers, bring your bug spray, use sunscreen, and pack your binoculars. Spring is a great time to do this hike as the weather is not too hot. After your hike, explore the state park and enjoy the rest of your day in the coastal setting surrounding Port St. Joe, Florida.