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St. Lucie County

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 Fork St. Lucie Aquatic Preserve (Martin)

2,700

Jensen Beach to Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve (Martin Palm Beach)

23,000

Indian River-Vero Beach to Fort Pierce Aquatic Preserve (Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach)

9,500

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 that appeals to people in search of quiet time in nature, St. Lucie has more than 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 popular outdoor activities in St. Lucie County.

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 Dust Tracks Heritage 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 county-owned Oxbow Eco-Center 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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February 10, 2020 - 1:04pm

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