Seaside Parks: Avalon State Park

Avalon State Park is one of the newer parks in the state of Florida. The park is located in St. Lucie County on North Hutchinson Island. Its mile long stretch of undeveloped beach is considered to be one of its highlights.

Beach

The beach is a popular stop for those who enjoy swimming and sunbathing. Dune crossovers are in place and should be used by all visitors in order to protect the fragile dune ecosystem in existence here. No lifeguards are available at this beach, so swimmers should use the buddy system and always swim with someone nearby.

In addition to sunbathing and swimming, beach goers can enjoy snorkeling in the waters off the coastline. Swimmers and snorkelers need to exercise caution when in the water. A number of underwater obstacles still exist from warfare exercises that were conducted by Navy frogmen in this area during World War II. Surfing is another favorite pastime at this beach. These obstacles are constructed from steel and concrete so they are dangerous.

Picnicking

A number of picnic tables have been set up near the beach in sheltered areas under pavilions. They are located near the parking lot section. Barbecue grills are also available. However, electricity and water are not available in this area. Visitors are requested to clean up after themselves to assist in the park’s continuing efforts to keep the area clean and litter free.

Fishing

Excellent fishing is possible along the shoreline since fish migrate along the coastline here. Snook, Whiting, Pompano, Bluefish, Red Drums, Black Drums, and Permit are among the many species that fishermen will find here. All state fishing regulations must be followed. This includes seasonal, size, number, and method-of-catch regulations. Of course, non-residents will need to purchase a fishing license from the state of Florida in order to fish here.

Wildlife

Avalon State Park features a number of endangered or threatened sea turtles that come to the beach in the spring and summer to nest. These species include the leatherback, loggerhead, and Atlantic green turtle.

The waters near the park are part of an important estuary system, the Indian River Lagoon. Preserving these waters is an essential goal since it is home to more than 1,800 species of animals and plants. Without it, these species would surely perish.

Local trees include the Red Bay, Mangrove, Live Oak, and Gumbo Limbo. A number of different birds nest in the area so this is an excellent location for ornithologists.

Weather

The park is one of those wonderful spots that offer year-long comfortable temperatures. Throughout the summer, the temperatures soar into the nineties, offering an excellent reason to plunge into the waters along the park’s shoreline. During the winter, the temperatures fall by approximately twenty degrees, still excellent temperatures for outdoor activities. September is noted for being the wettest month.

Visiting

A newly imposed visitor’s fee is in effect at Avalon State Park. This modest fee is collected at the parking lot. Visitors should display their receipts in the car’s dashboard t avoid ticketing. Yearly passes are also available. The park opens at 8:00 am and closes at sundown.