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green Big Bend Scenic Byway and Beach Loop

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9.3 mile 15.0 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable


Ascent: 44' 13 m
Descent: -43' -13 m
High: 7' 2 m
Low: -21' -7 m


Avg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)


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A long meandering road to a beautiful point with a great beach run.

Gunks Jesse

Features Birding · Swimming


This trail provides access to East Point on Saint George Island. This is a prime location for surf fishing as many larger fish use this as an access point between Saint George Island and Apalachicola Bay. The run is long (approximately 5 miles each way), but if you are out for a day and want the feel of a deserted island, this is the run to get you there.

Need to Know

The dirt path is a road that may be accessed by vehicles. Special use permits to use the road with your vehicle can be obtained from the park ranger station.

Make sure you bring LOTS of water and plenty of snacks. It's a long run and there is NO shade. Sunscreen is a must.


Begin at the Sugar Hill visitor center. From the parking area, head east to the locked vehicle gate. A small person gate is unlocked to provide access for pedestrians and bicycles. Follow the dirt path as it winds through the sand dunes for 5 miles. Along the way, you'll pass bird nesting areas (keep out!) and may see snakes, sand crabs, and a large variety of birds. Scrub brush and sand are the main features on the ground. You'll also pass a small pond on the left.

Eventually, the trail will ease left and reach the point. Excellent fishing can be done here (Florida salt water license required). I think the best return run is via the beach on the gulf side of the island. It provides a change of scenery, and the water is typically crystal clear on a calm day, enabling you to see ocean life swimming along the shore. Dolphins, rays, and lots of fish are typical of this area. Continue west on the beach until you reach the Sugar Hill visitor center.


Land Manager: Florida State Parks

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Thanks for mapping this route Jesse! I am heading to SGI for a week in April and looking for some nice long runs. Wasn't sure the beach was runnable. Do I need to time the beach runs with the low tides? I like to run beaches but usually up here we stick to low tide so we can run on the packed sand. Training for Sugarloaf Marathon up here in May-- and the runs in FL will be a bit different from what we're having here right now. After a quiet February we are having one helluva March with a Noreaster every week.... Mar 14, 2018

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