Located in Okaloosa County on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Henderson Beach State Park
is a place where visitors can explore and hike along the sand dunes to get a better view of the emerald waters. The park takes its name from the Henderson Family, when the state of Florida purchased the estate and subsequent residents protected the area from overdevelopment and human encroachment. It officially opened as a state park in 1991, and since then the natural beauty of the dunes as well as the Florida coastline has remained protected.
Be Careful on the Dunes
The white sand dunes in Henderson Beach Florida State Park
are protected habitats due to the fragile ecosystems, so trampling or climbing them is strictly forbidden. Nonetheless, the park provides a hiking trail which allows visitors to safely explore the dunes. The trail meanders for nearly a mile through a coastal scrub habitat which contains live oaks, myrtle oaks, beach grass and sand pines. Moreover, a walk along this trail also provides great opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Camp, Bike & Fish at Henderson Beach State Park
Henderson Beach Florida State Park
has 60 different campsites which allow for RV access or simple tents and sleeping bags. There is water, electricity, charcoal grills and air-conditioned restrooms that include shower facilities. For added convenience, the park also provides coin-operated washers and dryers. While you’re here, enjoy myriad activities like bicycling, hiking, swimming and of course, just lying on the white sand. If you wish to try your fishing abilities, most parks in Florida require a permit. Just check with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to learn more about regulations and requirements. Additionally, don’t forget to check the colored flags which indicate the condition of the water. If you are unsure about what each color signifies, check with the ranger station to have the staff explain better when there are no lifeguards on duty.
When visitors come to Henderson Beach State Park
, most come in search of sun and sand. Thankfully, this popular park in Okaloosa County provides everything you need. It has a playground at the entrance to the trailhead which is perfect for the kids. Additionally, there are six different pavilions perfect for picnics and parties. Alcohol is prohibited in all areas of the park; however, pets are allowed on the nature trail and day-use areas. Henderson Beach State Park also provides accessible wheelchairs and campsites so everyone can enjoy the bounty and beauty of Florida’s Panhandle.
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Nearby Attractions and Savory Stops to Explore and Enjoy
Many travelers from near and far are drawn to the beaches of the Emerald Coast in search of time spent savoring the views, attractions, and many options for fun. While time spent at Henderson Beach State Park is sure to be inspiring, particularly for those outdoor enthusiasts with a love for all of nature’s finest work, this park also sits within proximity to a long list of additional stops worth making. For those visitors that are excited to expand on their already fun-filled itinerary, here are a few options to follow up your Henderson Beach State Park adventure!
Located at 4320 Commons Drive West #3304, Hook’D Charters is a premier area provider of all things angling for those visiting Destin and hoping to spend time casting a line. Inshore and offshore chartered fishing options are available to book with a crew that brings their passion for the Destin area waters alongside years of expertise into each and every sailing. Hop aboard a 24-foot or 36-foot Yellowfin vessel and make the most of a thrilling day on the waves. Whether you book a half-day or full-day experience, the team with Hook’D Charters knows exactly where to go to reel in something exciting and you don’t have to worry about gear as everything you might need is included in the cost of the tour.
The Back Porch
Found at 1740 Scenic Highway 98, The Back Porch is a great and savory stop to add to your list of must-try places when you’ve worked up an appetite and you’re in the mood for some incredible seafood selections. Gorgeous Gulf views are yours for the savoring when you make time for a meal at The Back Porch. No matter what you order up, it’s inevitably best enjoyed from the comfort of the sprawling patio where you can savor the flavors while enjoying the sight of waves lapping the shoreline. Be sure to pair your plate with a handcrafted cocktail before you go to truly make the most of this delicious stop.
Easily accessible at 1125 US-98 is The Track, one of Destin’s most well-loved amusement stops that promises to be a great selection for the entire family. A Day at The track includes options to enjoy go-karts and mini-golf as well as arcade games and bumper cars too! Don’t be surprised if the fun that awaits has you lingering longer than you originally planned.
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