Anclote Key Preserve State Park is 403 acres of beautiful park off the shore of Tarpon Springs in Florida.
Here, at least 43 species of birds can be found, including the iconic bald eagle and piping plover. It also features the historic and picturesque 1887 lighthouse that still stands as a sentinel on the southern end of the island.
Only accessible via private boat of ferry service, Anclote Key Preserve State Park gives you the chance to spend your day in the blue-green Gulf waters that gently lap along the pristine sandy beaches of the four islands that make up the park.
During your visit, you can swim and sunbathe at the beach, then fire up a grill and enjoy a picnic.
If you want to stay longer than a day, there is no charge for overnight stays in the primitive campground, but campers must check in by calling the park before arrival.
It's worth noting that a trip to Anclote Key Preserve State Park really is an adventure! There are no provisions on the island, so many sure you go prepared with supplies and water.
Are you ready to explore a beautiful part of Florida that not many people get to experience?
Ferry services do not drop visitors off for overnight camping. You must have your own transportation to stay overnight.
It's worth noting that there aren't any lifeguards on duty so take care in the waters. Also pay close attention to the Warning Flag Signs posted at welcome stations and on the beaches. These flags indicate the swimming conditions at the beach
Take a picnic! Two picnic pavilions are located at the south end of the island along the Gulf of Mexico. Each picnic area is complete with composting toilet facilities, picnic tables and grills. No reservations are necessary as these are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Healthy Eating Make sure you taken PLENTY of water, there aren't any supplies on the island for you!
Anclote Key State Preserve is located three miles off Tarpon Springs and is accessible only by private boat.
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