Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

Great Florida Birding Trail site

Description:
Atlantic beaches, dunes, coastal hammocks, and mangroves are found in this park on the north shore of the Fort Pierce Inlet. Jack Island State Preserve, located 1.5 miles north of the recreation area, is a peninsula in the Indian River covered by mangroves. There are several trails and an observation tower.

Watchable wildlife:
Gulls, terns, and shorebirds are common on the beach. Migrating warblers may be spotted along the nature trail in the coastal hammock. Dynamite Point, a sheltered, mangrove-fringed cove, provides year-round opportunities to observe laughing gulls, royal terns, black skimmers, brown pelicans, and double-crested cormorants. Semipalmated and black-bellied plovers, willets, sanderlings, and ruddy turnstones appear in winter.

Ownership:
Department of Environmental Protection

Contact:
(772) 468-4007

Directions:
Take U.S. Highway 1 north from Fort Pierce.  Turn east on Florida Highway A1A (North Beach Causeway) and follow signs.

Related Sites:
Other East Central Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



FWC Facts:
Wood stork nestlings are fully feathered and capable of short flights at about 7-8 weeks of age but are not independent of their parents until they are 9-10 weeks old.

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