May 5th, 2018 the OHV side of the park will be closed to OHV guests to accommodate Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. This event is a partnership between Baker County Firewise and NFPA to help raise wildfire awareness, promote collaboration, and bring neighbors together to work on projects that can help protect homes, neighborhoods and entire communities from future wildfire risk or current post-fire impacts. OHV guests are welcome to attend but unloading OHVs and trail use will be prohibited during this event. Normal OHV activities will resume at 3pm and will continue until park closure as normal.
St. Mary's Shoals Park has preserved what wild Florida looked like a century in the past. The park opened
in 2009 and has operated through various grant funding including the Florida Communities Trust, FRDAP,
and Recreational Trails Program. The property is located along the Florida-Georgia border and is
flanked by the St. Mary's River on its northern boundary. Fishing ponds, pavilions, restrooms, and
water access are available for public usage. There is also public access to nearly 2 miles of the
tannin-stained St. Mary's River and white sandy shores.
St. Mary Shoals Park encompasses 2,568 acres consisting of separate facilities and trail systems for OHV operators and "EQU-PED(AL)" visitors. What is an "EQU-PED(AL)"? "EQU-PED(AL)" refers to equestrian, pedestrian, hikers, cyclists and any other foot traffic.
Both the EQU-PED(AL) and OHV parks are open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset all year long. Please note that park facilities may be closed during severe weather due to unsafe conditions. In the event of a closure notices will be posted online and on-site, and the facilities will reopen as soon as possible.
Fees were established by the Baker County Board of County Commissioners on March 21, 2017 by
Park rules and regulations are established by
Administrative Policy 2017-01
which outlines the following:
Events outside of the normal family reunion, birthday party, or friendly get-together may fall
under the requirements of special events. Special events may include concerts, festivals,
sponsored athletic events, etc. As special events are approved, more detailed information will
be available to the public. If you are interested in hosting a special event at St. Mary's
Shoals Park, an
must be submitted to County Administration for review and approval. If you would like to be considered as a vendor for
a special event that is being hosted at the park, a
must also be submitted to County Administration.
All approved vendors must complete revenue tracking form required by the Florida Communities Trust.