Henderson Beach State Park
17000 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, Florida 32541
Coordinates 30°23′38″N 86°34′59″W
Henderson Beach State Recreation Area
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.
Two large 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
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.
Activities at Henderson Beach State Park
The 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.
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.
Join our camping community around
the fire circle. Each campsite also has its own fire ring.
Camping, Full 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
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
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
Carolyn at (850) 269-1062 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for
more details. Or simply call and leave a message.
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. Bait & Tackle can be purchased
just outside of the park.
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 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
Pets are permitted in parking lots, on nature
trails, 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. Available
throughout the park are courtesy mutt mitts. Service animals are
welcome in all areas of Florida State Parks. Pet are absolutely not to
be left unattended in, or leashed to, a vehicle.
pavilions that are adjacent to restrooms feature barbecue grills near
beach boardwalks. They provide the perfect place to enjoy lunch with
family and friends. Outdoor showers and soda machines are available.
Pavilion reservations are not available May 1st thru Sept 30th due to
the large amount of beach visitation. A pavilion may be reserved for
special events or weddings from Oct 1st thru Apr 30th. Please contact
the Ranger Station for more information. After hour Rangers are
available upon request. Consumption of alcohol beverages is
The day use area has two pavilions with
barbecue grills, picnic tables, restrooms, and soda machines. These
pavilions provide the only shade on the sun-drenched beach, unless
visitors bring their own umbrellas. Consumption of alcohol beverages
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 insure that adult supervision is provided at all
Showers, Day Visitors
The day use area bathhouses
have outdoor showers provided for you convenience. Also for our
registered campers there is an outdoor shower conveniently located on
the trail returning to your camp site.
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 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.
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 Carolyn, the Events Coordinator, at (850) 269-1062.
She is in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am
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