Now through March 30, 2019, there will be road construction near the park entrance. Visitors may encounter uneven road surfaces and heavy equipment moving in and around the park entrance which may cause delays. We ask that everyone use caution when entering and exiting the park. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The park was purchased in 1983 from the Henderson family estate and opened to the public in March 1991. This was the first acquisition under the Save Our Coast land conservation program initiated by Governor Bob Graham. The family wanted to protect the area's natural features and let the public enjoy the surroundings.
Initial construction included two picnic pavilions, restrooms, beach access boardwalks, an entrance station and support facilities. In March 2000, 30 campsites, a bathhouse, camping area, playground and additional beach access boardwalks were added. 30 additional campsites were added shortly after bringing the total to 60. A beautiful three-quarter mile nature trail was built through a partnership with the Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks which provides visitors with a rare view of some of the last remaining coastal scrub communities in the area.
Today, Henderson Beach State Park is visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The beach is heavily visited during the warmer months, and the campground stays busy all year.