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St. Lucie at a Glance

Coastal Cities
Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce
Popular Spot Port St. Lucie
Sandy Beaches 21.5 miles
Public Accesses 31
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.

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Last updated: April 26, 2012


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