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Anclote Key Preserve State Park is a remote island getaway

Posted at 3:54 PM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 13:41:01-04

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — Located three miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs, you can find one of Florida's most remote state parks.

Enjoy the blue-green Gulf waters of Anclote Key Preserve State Park, which is only reachable by private boat or ferry service.

Four barrier islands make up the state park - Anclote Key, North Anclote Bar, South Anclote Bar and Three Rooker Island.

The 11,773-acre park is home to at least 43 species of birds, including the American oystercatcher, bald eagle and piping plover.

A picturesque 1887 lighthouse stands as a sentinel on the southern end of the island.

Visitors can swim and sunbathe at the beach, fire up a grill and enjoy a picnic, or pitch a tent and enjoy a night of primitive camping under the stars.

There are no provisions offered on the island, so be prepared to bring your own water and supplies.

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