Head to Hagan’s Cove for Spectacular Gulf Views

If you’re heading to Steinhatchee or Keaton Beach, don’t miss a side trip out to Hagen’s Cove, a state-owned park near Perry, part of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Big Bend Wildlife Management Area.

You’ll find hordes of folks during scallop seasonHagen’s Cove is one of the few spots where you can wade for scallops without needing a snorkel or boat — but after the season wanes in September, you might just have the place to yourself. Climb to the top of the two-story observation tower, stroll the sandy beach and look for shorebirds: plovers, sandpipers, marbled godwit, willet, dunlin, short-billed dowitcher, and whimbrel frequent the spot, as do reddish egrets, osprey and pelicans. Pavilions and grills make this a great spot for a get-together or family picnic.

Keep an eye out for signs for Hagen’s Cove on Keaton Beach Road (361) between Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach.

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