St. Lucie at a Glance
|Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce|
|Popular Spot||Port St. Lucie|
|Sandy Beaches||21.5 miles|
|Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail||7 sites|
|State Parks & Lands||Acres|
|Avalon State Park||658|
|Fort Pierce Inlet State Park||1,140|
|Savannas Preserve State Park||6,821|
|North Folk St. Lucie Aquatic Preserve (Martin)||2,972|
|Jensen Beach to Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve (Martin Palm Beach)||22,000|
|Indian River-Vero Beach to Fort Pierce Aquatic Preserve (Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach)||22,000|
|Bays & Inlets|
|Indian River Lagoon, Fort Pierce Inlet|
|Rivers & Paddling Trails|
|St. Lucie River, Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail segments (Hobe Sound/Ft. Pierce and Indian River/Pelican Island), Indian River Blueway Trail, Queens Preserve, Wildcat Cove, Savannas Preserve State Park, Savannas Recreation Area|
St. Lucie County is home to some of the best fishing along the Florida Coast. A county which appeals to people in search of quiet time in nature, St. Lucie has over 100 miles of biking, hiking and horse trails. Many of the beach accesses require a walk through beautiful mangrove lined trails. Golfing, boating, and scuba diving are also very popular outdoor activities that St. Lucie County has to offer.
Hutchinson Island is sparsely populated with beach accesses lined with sea oats, railroad vines and sea grapes. Many areas allow horseback riding on the beach on Hutchinson Island. St. Lucie County has a large, artificial reef program in place, which provides excellent fishing. Indian River Lagoon and Fort Pierce Inlet are also prime fishing locations and contain a vast diversity of marine life.
During World War II, the beaches along St. Lucie County were utilized in frogmen training. These frogmen became later known as the Navy Seals. The Navy Seal Museum in Fort Pierce displays the history of this elite military branch and its history tied to St. Lucie County.
The PGA Learning Center and Museum is located in Port St. Lucie for golfers looking to improve their games. Additional attractions in St. Lucie include the Zora Neale Hurston Trail, New York Mets spring training, and the St. Lucie Aquarium.
Ecotourism is very popular in this county where visitors and residents can find a multitude of venues for learning about local ecosystems. The Oxbow Eco-Center is owned by the county and hosts a variety of educational programs on a 225 acre preserve. Manatee observation during the winter months, bird viewing and guided sea turtle walks are among activities included in St. Lucie's extensive ecotourism endeavors.