Henderson Beach State Park

Pristine white sugar sand beaches and more than 6,000 feet of natural scenic shoreline border the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Natural features of the park include sand pines, scrub oaks, and dune rosemary. Boardwalks provide access to the beach for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing. Four large and two small pavilions allow for picnicking and grilling. A playground is the first stop on our nature trail and is sure to be a success with the kids. The nature trail provides visitors a rare glimpse of the coastal dune ecosystem and abundant wildlife and is pet friendly.

Camping at Henderson Beach State Park provides 60 campsites that are located in our secondary dune system. The sites include water and electric hookups and access to air conditioned and heated bathhouse facilities. A separate beach access boardwalk with outdoor showers and a playground are included in our campground. Henderson Beach is A.D.A accessible and includes beach wheel chair availability. Visitors can enjoy truly breathtaking sunsets while relaxing by the warm crystal clear water of the Gulf of Mexico

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Beaches

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.

Swimming

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 and undertow or rip currents; red indicates rough conditions such as high surf and/or strong currents; yellow means swim with caution and stay close to shore; green means that the waters are safe; purple means that marine pests are present. Please Use Caution! Lifeguards are not provided.

Biking

You may enjoy a leisurely ride on the park’s mile long paved road. For your safety, remember persons under the age of 16 years are required by state law to wear a properly fitting bike helmet. To preserve the natural areas of the park, bicycles are limited to roadways and are not permitted on boardwalks.

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.

Hiking

The three-quarter mile pet-friendly trail meanders though ancient but still growing and shifting dunes and unique vegetation known as (Coastal Scrub). The trail will provide 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 started by park staff and finished by The Friends of Henderson Beach, the park’s volunteer Friends Group (Citizen Support Organization), funded primarily by the neighboring Wal-Mart. Guided Tours: Available upon request.

Full Camping Facility

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 (some 50 amp); picnic tables, ground grills and clothesline posts. 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 though 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 = 45 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.

Campfire Circles

Join our camping community around the fire circle.

Each campsite also has its own fire ring.

Wildlife Viewing

Bird Watchers can enjoy sighting wading birds, shore birds and migratory birds in the spring and fall. Dolphins, sea turtles and other fish species may be sighted off the beach. Small species of some reptiles and other wildlife may also be sighted.

Showers, Day Use Visitors

The day use area has several outdoor showers provided for you convenience. Also, for our registered campers there is an outdoor shower conveniently located on the trail returning to your campsite.

Weddings

Interested in having an event wedding at Henderson Beach? The pavilions are available to rent after sunset year round. Daytime rentals of the pavilion are September through May, but not during the busy seasons (May 30 – September 1st).

For more information call Anne Marie, the Events Coordinator, at (850) 269-1062. She is in the office Monday through Friday, 10:00am until 5:00pm.

Family Reunions

The picnic pavilions at Henderson Beach State Park are available for rent daytime from September through May, but not during the busy season (May 30 & September 1).

Call Anne Marie at (850) 269-1062 Monday through Friday for more details. Or simply call and leave a message.

Picnic Pavilions

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. The pavilions are available to rent after sunset year round. Daytime rentals of the pavilion are September through May, but not during the busy season (May 30 – September 1st). For more information call Anne Marie, the Events Coordinator, at (850) 269-1062. She is in the office Monday through Friday, 10:00am until 5:00pm. Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohibited.

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 alcohol beverages is prohibited.

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 shading for parents and grandparents. For your child’s safety please ensure that adult supervision is provided at all times.