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Anastasia State Park

 Activities at Anastasia State Park

Beaches

Beaches

Anastasia's beautiful beach attracts walkers, joggers, fishermen, birders, and nature-lovers. Quality beach breaks and seasonally warm water draw surfers and kayakers.

A designated swimming area is lifeguarded from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but swimmers should always exercise caution, whether a lifeguard is present or not. Swimming in tidal or ocean areas always presents some degree of danger, including the threat of rip currents. Always heed advice or warnings posted for your protection.

The beach is open to bicyclists and pedestrians, but not to motorized vehicles. Beach wheelchairs are available upon request at no charge. No pets are allowed on the beach--"It's for the birds! "

Bicycling

Bicycling

Over 4 miles of beach and several miles of park roads, some with bike lanes, are available for bicycling. You can rent bicycles at Island Beach Shop and Grill inside Anastasia State Park.

Birding

Birding

Anastasia State Park is located on The Great Florida Birding Trail. While visiting our park, you will have the opportunity to observe numerous birds in action. Many shorebirds, such as laughing gulls, least terns, and black skimmers are found resting on our beach, or frolicking on the shore. Water birds such as the great blue heron, tricolor heron, wood stork, and roseate spoonbills can be seen in the salt marsh along Salt Run. Osprey, bald eagles, and owls can be seen flying high above or resting in the tree tops. Song birds love the Maritime Hammock within the park. You may see warblers, cardinals, robins, woodpeckers, or painted buntings.

Boating

Boating

Salt Run, a tidal salt marsh, is a kayaker's delight. Catamarans and non-motorized boats may also enjoy the area. Operators of motorized craft, please obey signs, follow regulations, and keep your speed very slow (trawling) to preserve the habitat and for the safety of visitors and wildlife. Jet skis are not allowed.

Camping, Full Facility

Camping, Full Facility

Anastasia State Park has 139 camping sites for RVs and tents. Sites are located in the hammock forest, away from blowing sand and salt spray, but most are within easy bicycling or walking distance from the beach. Hammock plants provide visual privacy between most sites, which vary from 10 feet to 40 feet. ADA accessible sites are available.

All sites have electricity and water, a picnic table, an in-ground grill and a fire ring. A communal dump station is free for park campers. Please put your trash in the compactor near the entrance to the campgrounds. Pets are allowed in all areas of the park except the restrooms and beach. Pets must be on a leash that is no longer than 6 feet at all times.

Anastasia also offers the Bedtime Story Camper Lending Library of picture books for campers aged four to nine. Ask to check out a book from the Ranger Station.

Maximum RV length = 40 ft.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, except campers may consume alcoholic beverages within their campsites.  

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Salt Run, a tidal salt marsh, is a canoer's delight.  Rentals are available at Anastasia Watersports, located inside Anastasia State Park. Call (904)460-9111 for further information.

Concession & Restaurant

Concession & Restaurant

Island Beach Shop and Grill--for all your food, drinks, camping and beach going needs.  Open 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sunday - Thursday and 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  Call 904.461.9322 for further information. 

Fishing

Fishing

The fishing area on Salt Run features a fish identification kiosk, a monofilament disposal bin, and a fish-cleaning station! Waters off the north end of the park are also popular. If you come ashore onto the park during your fishing adventure, please avoid the delicate marsh and fragile dunes. Please take all trash with you, as garbage is harmful to wildlife and is unsightly. Thank you!

Geo-Seeking

Geo-Seeking

This activity is also known as geocaching. There are more than 3 geocaches at Anastasia State Park. Please check the Geocaching website for the most current and up-to-date information.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

Nature trails meander through the ancient dunes shaded by hammock forests. Ask for brochures about birds found in Anastasia State Park so you can identify as you go! 4 miles of beach (one way) can give hikers a real work out and the opportunity to spot numerous birds and even dolphins or other whales! Just remember you might be walking up-wind on the way home! The nature trails are mostly flat, but some spots are hilly, narrow or have stairs.

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

Get a preview of the park's birds, fish, and ecological zones at informative kiosks! Learn about sea turtles, the endangered Anastasia Island Beach Mouse, and how to help our threatened shore birds!

Picnicking

Picnicking

Please come by and enjoy our picnic facilities. Anastasia State Park has three picnic areas. Hilltop picnic area, close to the marsh and the ocean, features several covered picnic tables and a restroom. Windsurf Picnic Pavilion, by the marsh, and Sea Turtle Picnic Pavilion, close to the ocean, are available to rent at $79.50 to $100 (plus tax) per day. Contact our Ranger Station at (904) 461-2033 to reserve a pavilion, or if you have any additional questions about our picnic facilities.  Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohibited, except campers may consume alcoholic beverages within their campsites.  

Playground

Playground

Anastasia State Park offers three playgrounds. Two are convenient to the campground loops and one is available to all visitors in the beach access area.

Recycling

Recycling

We have recycling containers in all common use areas for glass, aluminum and plastic. The Friends of Anastasia sponsor these sites.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

Campground

Several ADA-compliant sites
Four full-service bathhouses (hot water, showers, washer/dryer)
Playground 

Day Use Area

Three restrooms
Three picnic areas (two are under large pavilions)
Playground near the beach

Shelling

Shelling

Beach Combing or Shelling is a favorite pastime of many visitors, and the beaches of Anastasia State Park are a great place to find them. Collectors can find a multitude of shells, including clam, scallop, oyster, and olives.  Plan your shelling around the low phase of the tide, which exposes the most beach area. Please be aware that most everything you find on the beach was, is, or still could be alive.

Showers, Day Visitors

Showers, Day Visitors

Outdoor showers are available by the beach for rinsing off sand and saltwater. Showers for bathing may be purchased at the ranger station.

Surfing

Surfing

Anastasia State Park hosts some of the better surfing on the east coast of Florida. Four miles of beach break allow visitors to spread out if they like. Blowhole and Middles still attract surfers willing to make the walk or bike ride, but quality beach break is available for the length of the park.

Surfers wear trunks or bathing suits in the summer months, but water and air temperatures may make a full wetsuit desirable in late fall, winter and early spring. Ocean and beach equipment can be rented from Island Beach Shop and Grill, right in the park by the beach, and local surf shops abound to help visitors, as well.

Entering the water in tidal or ocean areas always presents some degree of danger, including the threat of rip currents. Always heed advice or warnings posted for your protection.

Swimming

Swimming

A designated swimming area at the beach access ramp behind Island Beach Shop and Grill is lifeguarded from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but swimmers should always exercise caution, whether a lifeguard is present or not. Swimming in tidal or ocean areas always presents some degree of danger, including the threat of rip currents. Always heed advice or warnings posted for your protection.

Weddings

Weddings

Anastasia State Park provides an excellent backdrop and is perfect for any wedding. Call 904-461-2008 for more information.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Anastasia State Park is a great place to see birds, marsh life, and even whales or other sea creatures. Windsurf Picnic Area and the beach boardwalk over the marsh provide beautiful vistas of wildlife habitat.