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Henderson Beach State Park

 Activities at Henderson Beach State Park

Beaches

Beaches

Our family oriented beach is one of the area's most prized assets. Depending on the season, your beach experience could be highlighted by sightings of dolphins, sea turtles, migratory birds, butterflies and as always a gorgeous sunset. For visitors in wheelchairs, an all-terrain beach wheelchair is available to provide access to beach areas. Please check at the Ranger Station for more information. No alcohol, glass, fires, or animals are allowed on the beach.

Bicycling

Bicycling

You may enjoy a leisurely ride on the park's mile long paved road. For your safety, remember persons under the age of 16 years are required by state law to wear a properly fitting bike helmet. To preserve the natural areas of the park, bicycles are limited to roadways and are not permitted on boardwalks.

Campfire Circles

Campfire Circles

Join our camping community around the fire circle. Each campsite also has its own fire ring.

Camping, Full Facility

Camping, Full Facility

The park has 60 campsites that can accommodate either tents or RVs, with a mixture of back in and pull-through sites. The sites have water, electricity (some 50 amp); picnic tables, ground grills and clothesline posts. Campsites do not have sewer connections; a centrally located dump station is for provided for the proper disposal of waste.  Amenities include heated and air conditioned restrooms with showers, coin operated washers, dryers and vending machines.  Pets are welcome at campsites. Unlike remote wilderness camping, provisions and restaurants are a short drive away. The nearby three-quarter mile nature trail meanders through ancient but still growing and shifting dunes, with vegetation known as coastal scrub. The trail provides a vista of the park, and in some places, the Gulf of Mexico.

Maximum RV length = 60 ft.

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.

Family Reunions

Family Reunions

The picnic pavilions at Henderson Beach State Park are available for rent daytime from September through May, but not during the busy season (May 30 & September 1). Call Carolyn at (850) 269-1062 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for more details. Or simply call and leave a message.

Fishing

Fishing

Destin is known as the luckiest fishing village in the world. Visitors wishing to try their luck in the surf may catch popular species such as pompano, red fish, flounder, catfish, whiting, and sometimes cobia. Fishing is prohibited between the boardwalks and fish cleaning stations are not available. Bait & Tackle can be purchased just outside of the park. 

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

The three-quarter mile pet-friendly trail meanders though ancient but still growing and shifting dunes and unique vegetation know as (Coastal Scrub). The trail will provide a beautiful vista of the park from atop one of the dunes. This high dune has developed around the remnants of a bunker built decades ago when the military was using the area. The trail was started by park staff and finished by The Friends of Henderson Beach, the park's volunteer Friends Group (Citizen Support Organization), funded primarily by the neighboring Wal-Mart. Guided Tours: Available upon request.

Pets

Pets

Pets are permitted in parking lots, on nature trails, and on the sidewalk in the day use area. Pets are not permitted on the beach, in playgrounds, or in any park buildings. They must be kept on a hand-held leash that is no longer than six-feet and be well-behaved at all times. Pet owners are required to pick up after their pets and properly dispose of their droppings. Available throughout the park are courtesy mutt mitts. Service animals are welcome in all areas of Florida State Parks. Pet are absolutely not to be left unattended in, or leashed to, a vehicle.

Picnic Pavilion

Picnic Pavilion

Six picnic pavilions are available with three of those being adjacent to restrooms. All pavilions feature barbecue grills near beach boardwalks. They provide the perfect place to enjoy lunch with family and friends. Outdoor showers are available. The pavilions are available to rent after sunset year round. Daytime rentals of the pavilion are September through May, but not during the busy season (May 30 - September 1st). For more information call Carolyn, the Events Coordinator, at (850) 269-1062. She is in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am until 5:00pm. Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohibited.

Picnicking

Picnicking

The day use area has six pavilions with barbecue grills, picnic tables, and three restroom facilities. These pavilions provide the only shade on the sun-drenched beach, unless visitors bring their own umbrellas. Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohibited.

Playground

Playground

For your children's enjoyment a modern playground facility is conveniently located overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The playground is located in the day use area of the park at the beginning of the nature trail. A covered seating area has been added to provide shading for parents and grandparents. For your child's safety please ensure that adult supervision is provided at all times.

Showers, Day Visitors

Showers, Day Visitors

The day use area have outdoor showers provided for you convenience. Also, for our registered campers there is an outdoor shower conveniently located on the trail returning to your campsite.

Swimming

Swimming

Visitors to coastal parks are reminded to pay close attention to the colored flags posted at welcome stations and on the beaches. These flags indicate the swimming conditions at the beach. Double red flags mean absolutely no swimming because of high winds and undertow currents; yellow means swim with caution and stay close to shore; green means that the waters are safe; purple means that marine pests are present. Please Use Caution! Lifeguards are not provided.

Weddings

Weddings

Interested in having an event wedding at Henderson Beach? The pavilions are available to rent after sunset year round. Daytime rentals of the pavilion are September through May, but not during the busy seasons (May 30 - September 1st). For more information call Carolyn, the Events Coordinator, at (850) 269-1062. She is in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am until 5:00pm CST.

Please see Henderson's Event Form to request an event.

For more information, please see weddings at Henderson Beach State Park

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Bird Watchers can enjoy sighting wading birds, shore birds and migratory birds in the spring and fall. Dolphins, sea turtles and other fish species may be sighted off the beach. Small species of some reptiles and other wildlife may also be sighted.