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Giant Adventure: Anclote Key Preserve State Park

Posted at 12:12 PM, Apr 27, 2021

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.

Click here for information on the ferry.