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Henderson Beach - Accessible Amenities

Henderson Beach State Park is committed to providing a variety of accessible amenities to all of its visitors. Those amenities include:

Beach wheelchairs

Picnic pavilions and benches

Grills

Accessible campsites

 

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Henderson Beach - Beach

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.

Visitors to coastal parks are reminded to pay close attention to the Warning Flag Signs posted at welcome stations and on the beaches. These flags indicate the swimming conditions at the beach. Double red flags mean the water is closed to the public because of high winds and undertow currents; a single red flag means high hazard  with high surf and/or strong currents; yellow flags are for medium hazard with moderate surf and/or currents; green  flags indicate low hazard with either calm condtions,exercise caution. Green flags mean that the waters are safe and Purple flags stand for stinging marine life are present.

Please use caution! Lifeguards are not provided.

 

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Henderson Beach - Bicycling

The park does not have any bicycle trails or paths, however many of our campers enjoy bicycling along the park's mile long paved road.  You may also enter the park by bicycle and enjoy a ride to the beach.  Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.  To preserve the natural areas of the park, bicycles are limited to paved roadways and are not permitted on boardwalks.

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Henderson Beach - Campfire Circles

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

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Henderson Beach - Camping

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 (all sites have both 30 and 50-amp service except campsites #28 and #29); picnic tables, ground grills and clothesline posts. Campsites do not have sewer connections; a centrally located dump station is provided for 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.

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Henderson Beach - Family Reunions

The picnic pavilions are available to rent for weddings, reunions, and other special events. For more information please go to the Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks, Inc.

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Henderson Beach - 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.

 

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.  A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fishing in Florida webpage.

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Henderson Beach - Geo-Seeking

Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that's a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land use ethics should be followed.

The Operation Recreation GeoTour hosted by Geocaching.com, stretches from Pensacola to Key West and includes 71 of the First Three Time National Gold Medal Award Winning Florida State Parks and Trails. Visit 20 caches and win the Official Operation Recreation Geocoin. Download and print the Official Tracking Sheet to begin your adventure. Remember to cache and save with unlimited entry for a year with the Florida State Parks Annual Pass.

The Florida Park Service is proud to announce it has launched the Operation Recreation Kids GeoTour. Look inside Operation Recreation GeoTour geocaches for one of six possible Nature Cards. Every cache has one of six species. Record the name of the Florida State Park where you first find each of the six species on the Kids Official Tracking Sheet. Find all six species and win the ORGT Kids GeoTour Geocoin!

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Henderson Beach - 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 provides 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 built by park staff and volunteers and funded by the Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks (Citizen Support Organization) and the neighboring Wal-Mart. Guided Tours: Available upon request.

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Henderson Beach - Pets

 Pets are welcome on the Nature Trail, the Campground and paved surfaces.  They must be on a six-foot handheld leash and under the control of the owner. They are not allowed in any facility or on the beach.

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Henderson Beach - Pets

Pets are permitted in parking lots, on the nature trail, 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. Courtesy "mutt mitts" are available in a few locations throughout the park. Service animals are welcome in all areas of Florida State Parks. Pets are absolutely not to be left unattended in, or leashed to, a vehicle.

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Henderson Beach - 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. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all day-use areas of the park, including picnic pavilions and beach.

Pavilions are avalable for special events. For more information please contact http://friendsofemeraldcoaststateparks.org/

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Henderson Beach - 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 alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

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Henderson Beach - 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 shade for onlookers. For your child's safety please ensure that adult supervision is provided at all times.

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Henderson Beach - Shower Station

The day use areas have outdoor cold showers provided for your convenience. They are located adjacent to day use bathhouses. Also, for our registered campers there is an outdoor shower conveniently located on the trail returning to your campsite.

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Henderson Beach - Swimming

The beach at Henderson Beach State Park stretches more than a mile along a white sugar sand natural scenic shoreline. The emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico are perfect for a swim. 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, surf, and/or rip currents; single red means high hazard with high surf and/or strong currents; yellow means  medium hazard with moderte surf and/or currents; green means low hazard; purple means that stinging marine life may be present.

Please use caution! Lifeguards are not provided.

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Henderson Beach - Weddings

 

 

For event or pavilion information please go to http://friendsofemeraldcoaststateparks.org/ for further information.

 

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Henderson Beach - Wheelchair Accessible

Henderson Beach is A.D.A accessible and includes beach wheel chair availability.  

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Henderson Beach - Wildlife Viewing

Bird watchers can enjoy sighting wading birds and shore birds, as well as migratory birds in the spring and fall. Migrating monarch butterflies visit the park most years in the fall as well. Dolphins, sea turtles and fish species may be sighted off the beach, and small reptile species are frequently seen in the nature trail area. The park is also home to rabbits, bobcats, and gopher tortoises that may be seen occaisonally when the park is quiet.