Henderson Beach State Park - Camping

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Summary

Camping at Henderson Beach State Park combines the peace and quiet of nature with the convenience of being just outside of the city of Destin. There is a nature trail as well as a mile of undeveloped beach in the park but the restaurants and shopping of Destin can be easily reached in the same day.

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Kelsey Kalinski

Distance

0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

40.6 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

This is a developed campground with water and electricity at most sites.

Time To Complete

0 hours

Seasonality

All Seasons

The park is open year-round. It can be below freezing in winter and it is often very hot with biting insects during the summer. The restrooms at the campground have air conditioning and they are heated during winter.

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Dogs are allowed in the park and campground, but they are not permitted on the playground, on the beach, or in any park buildings.

Fees Permits

Yes

The entrance fee is $4 for a single occupant vehicle, and $6 for a vehicle with 2-8 people. Pedestrians and bicyclists are $2. A Florida State Parks annual pass is available for $60 for an individual and $120 for a family. Campsites are $30.00/night.

Review

Intro

Henderson Beach State Park protects over a mile of white sugar sand beach in Okaloosa County, FL. The park has a campground with 60 sites for tents and RVs. There is a 0.75-mile nature trail that leads to the playground and winds around the beautiful sand dunes of the park. The Gulf of Mexico is visible from some points on the trail. The one mile paved road in the park is open to bicycles. Boardwalks lead visitors over the dunes to the beach for swimming, fishing, sunbathing, relaxing, or watching the amazing sunset.

What Makes It Great

Camping at Henderson Beach State Park is a great way to spend a weekend, or a whole week. The campground contains 60 campsites with electricity and water, as well as a picnic table, grill, and posts for a clothesline to dry your towels and bathing suits after a day at the beach. The campground also offers laundry facilities, showers and restrooms, and vending machines. The park is located near many shops, grocery stores, and restaurants as well.

Henderson Beach State Park offers something for every member of the family. A 0.75-mile nature trail begins near the playground and winds through the sand dunes of the park. It even leads to the top of one sand dune that provides a great view of the park, which formed over an old military bunker. The one mile paved road is open to bicycles. Boardwalks lead to the beach for swimming, fishing, walking, or just relaxing next to the Gulf of Mexico.

Bird watching and wildlife viewing are possible on the beach and along the nature trail. Many shore birds and wading birds such as egrets, herons, pelicans, sandpipers, and gulls make their homes here. Migratory birds travel through during the spring and fall months as well. Many marine animals may be seen also, including dolphins, sea turtles, fish, and rays.

Who is Going to Love It

Families will love bringing their children to camp at this park. The location is close to town in case there is an emergency or the weather goes downhill but it is still possible to find peace and quiet in nature. With the playground and the beach within walking distance, kids can stay busy and entertained all weekend. Bird watchers will enjoy viewing many species of shore and migratory birds. Campers with tents and RVs will all find a suitable campsite and will enjoy watching the sunset and sleeping so close to the Gulf of Mexico.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Henderson Beach State Park is located off of U.S. Highway 98 just east of Destin, FL. The entrance is near the Walmart Supercenter. There is parking available for beach access as well as parking at each campsite.

The entrance fee for the park is $4 for a single occupant vehicle and $6 for a vehicle with 2-8 people. The fee is $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, and extra passengers. An annual Florida State Parks pass is available for $60 for an individual or $120 for a family. The campsite fee is $30/night plus a non-refundable reservation fee of $6.70. There is a 50% discount for Florida residents 65 years and older.

Dogs are allowed in the park, in the campground and on the nature trail. However, they must be kept on a leash and they are not allowed on the beach or the playground. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the beach.

Location

Henderson Beach State Park

17000 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, FL, 32541
30.385165, -86.446576

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