Mark Giblin, Park Manager
Nestled within the historic town of Saint Augustine, the nation’s oldest city, lies Anastasia State Park, a 1600-acre natural paradise. The park boasts four miles of unspoiled shoreline bustling with protected wildlife, natural landscapes, and beautiful scenery to make everlasting memories with your family and friends.
Untouched dunes provide a natural oasis, as well as an amazing backdrop for the perfect photo opportunity. In addition to this, it is not uncommon to see dolphins and shorebirds enjoying the rich coast here as well.
With a beautiful and shaded campground within the park’s maritime hammock, camping here is a must. Explore the Ancient Dunes Trail within the hammock to discover a variety of plants and wildlife who make Anastasia State Park their home.
My personal favorite activity in the park is watching the sunrise over Salt Run, an estuary teeming with all types of wildlife. Salt Run is a great place to kayak, paddleboard, and fish. You’ll always see something new, from sea turtles foraging in the underwater grass to dolphins, fish, crabs, and diversity of wading birds.
I began as park manager at Anastasia in 2016, and I continue to find new areas of the park to explore. After spending 14 years with the Florida Park Service throughout the state, Anastasia remains my favorite park. I particularly enjoy being a part of the many events and education programs Anastasia offers. Some of my favorite events are the Endless Summer Run, an annual 10k & 5k run held in September, and the Toast to the Coast, a concert on the beach.
Before you visit, be sure to check our events page for upcoming park programs to learn about the park’s wonderful natural and cultural resources during your stay. We hope to see you at the park!