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A Gold medal winning park. - Orlando / Florida Guide

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Florida is literally bursting at the seams with glorious State Parks and if you are visiting the East Coast of the Sunshine State I want to tell you about one you should not miss.

This park is called Fort Pierce Inlet and it is located in Lucie County poised perfectly between the Indian River Lagoon and The Atlantic Ocean.

So why is it called Fort Pierce? Well, Colonel Benjamin Pierce was a distinguished serving officer during the second Seminole War. The fort was built to be accessed from the sea via the old Indian River Inlet.

The fort was built in 1838, but move forward over a century from this time and this area was once again deployed to train 14000 troops to be ready for D Day.

Fort Pierce. State Park is divided into 2 areas which offer my own particular favourite holiday activities; a walk through trees and a beach experience.

So let us start with the walk; The Oak Hammock Trail took us about 40 minutes to slowly meander through the oaks, gumbo limbo and red bay trees. Should you take bikes with you, then there is a cycle trail.

Next to the beach.

Florida is full of outstanding beaches and the one at Fort Pierce did not disappoint. The beach is accessed by way of boardwalks that take you effortlessly onto this clean, welcoming beach.

There are great sea views and a little way out there is a reef that attracts snorkellers and scuba divers.

I would estimate that the beach stretches for approximately half a mile and a one mile walk after lunch is just the ticket. The sand is quite firm on the beach so easy walking.

And talking of lunch, do take a picnic with you; there are picnic tables provided and some pavilions to provide some welcome shade.

While you are laying out the lunch, send the children off to work up an appetitie on the playground.

There are loos here but very few other facilities so take all you need with you.

Fishing is permissable in some areas but do remember that you will need a license (available at larger Walmarts.

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
905 Shorewinds Drive
Fort Pierce

Tel 772 468 3985

The park is open every day of the year from 8 a. m. to sunset.

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