Saint Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, Apalachicola

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Island · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
The St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge is part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System, located in northwestern Florida, on the barrier island of St. Vincent, off the coast of Apalachicola.
The 12,490 acre (51 km2) refuge was established in 1968.
St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge occupies a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. Little more than a quarter mile out in the Gulf, the refuge is a short distance from the mainland. Because access is limited to boat traffic, the refuge rarely sees large concentrations of people. Visitors can enjoy long solitary walks on the beaches or venture into the interior of the island and explore the ten habitat types located here. Very limited development of the island (primarily during a time when it was privately owned) has left it virtually pristine. The earliest documented visitors to the island dates to the year 240 (from pottery shards) when Native Americans lived on the island. St. Vincent Island has had a very colorful past through numerous owners and, in 1948, was even stocked with imported zebra, eland, black buck, ring-necked pheasant, Asian junglefowl, bobwhite quail and turkey. The island was purchased by The Nature Conservancy in 1968 for $2.2 million and U.S. Fish and Wildlife repaid them with proceeds from Duck Stamp sales and the St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge was established.
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  • Not really fair to share a review of a place I haven't visited in so long, but I will never forget it. I'm sure you still have to take a boat (or helicopter!) to get there. It is worth it to see a...  more »
  • You can take a $10 shuttle over to St. Vincent's at Indian Pass. There are well-marked trails and miles of unadulterated white sand beaches. Take a picnic lunch and spend the day  more »

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