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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