Located in between Jacksonville and Orlando on the eastern coast of Florida lies a hidden seaside gem that will be the perfect destination for your next RV getaway: Anastasia State Park. You can explore more than 1,600 acres of pristine beaches with ancient sand dunes. You can park your motorhome and wonder amongst scenic tidal salt marsh and maritime hammock. This beautiful coastal state park is also located just minutes from downtown St. Augustine, which is a vibrant town rich in history and unique architecture from Spanish settlement dating back to the 1500s.
Anastasia State Park provides the perfect chance to tackle the great outdoors during your RV trip to Florida. In the summer you’ll love sunny days on the beach in the 80s and 90s and in the winter, you can still enjoy any outdoor activity with warm days in the 60s and 70s. You can bring your four-legged friends to the park, plus the kids will love the two playgrounds on site. You can also enjoy a bite to eat or grab a souvenir at the park’s restaurant and gift shop.
You’ll love spotting the native birds that soar across the shores such as osprey and eagles. Loads of aquatic adventure awaits you in the sunny waters on the shores of Florida, like canoeing and kayaking. There are plenty of opportunities for the whole family to enjoy during your trip to Anastasia State Park, from hiking and biking to shelling and fishing. If you’re keen to explore our nation’s past during your RV visit to Anastasia State Park you’ll get a chance to see the Old Spanish Coquina Quarries, which is an archaeological site where coquina stone was mined to build the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine.
You’ll have no trouble finding a spot to settle--there are a total of 139 campsites at Anastasia State Park that are open year-round. Campsites may be reserved by phone or online within 1 day to 11 months in advance of your stay.
RV Rentals in Anastasia State Park
Transportation in Anastasia State Park
Anastasia State Park is easy to get to whether you’re driving a motorhome or passenger vehicle since it is located off of Highway 95, Route 1, and Route A1A. Navigating inside the park in your RV should be a breeze as you can drive past views of Salt Run to all the major attractions and amenities, from boat rentals and picnic areas to the nature trails and campsites.
There are plenty of places to park your RV at Anastasia State Park. Parking is located near the front gate, windsurfing pavilion, Hilltop Picnic area, the nature trail entrance, and at the campsites. There is a parking lot specifically for RVs located near the Hilltop Picnic Area.
Campgrounds and parking in Anastasia State Park
Campsites in Anastasia State Park
Shark Eye Loop
This loop offers four tent-only sites and 13 sites that can accommodate RVs and trailers from 10 to 40 feet in length, depending on the site. All sites offer hookups to electricity and water and a dump station is located near the entrance. Located in the middle of the park, the Shark Eye Loop is close to all the amenities including laundry facilities and playground. Restrooms are located nearby as well. You’ll be within walking distance to fun activities like hiking and fishing.
Sand Dollar Loop
Sand Dollar Loop has 14 sites that are available for tents or RVs from 30 to 40 feet in length. This scenic campground offers a quiet location near the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. You’ll be close to laundry facilities, dump station, restrooms, and a playground and have water and electric on site. Plus, it’s an easy walk or drive to go hiking, fishing, swimming, and boating.
Sea Urchin Loop
This loop has three tent-only sites and 14 sites that are available for RVs and trailers from 10 to 40 feet long, depending on the site. The Sea Urchin Loop is further up the road, which will provide some peace and quiet in a serene location. You’ll have water and electric hookups here, and will still be close to the dump station, restrooms and laundry facilities as well.
Angel Wing Loop
Angel Wing Loop offers three tent-only sites and nine water/electric sites that are available to RVs from 20 to 32 feet long, depending on the site. This campground is the farthest out of the loops, although you’ll be close to rich history like the Old Spanish Coquina Quarries. Restroom and laundry facilities are located on site.
Coquina Loop is the largest in the park, offering 30 sites that are available for tents or RVs ranging from 20 to 40 feet in length. This is a great location since you’re closest to all the activities including the nature trail, picnic areas, and aquatic activities. There is a playground, restrooms, and laundry facilities on site. All sites are equipped with water and electric and a dump station is nearby.
First-Come, First Served
All campsites not reserved will be available for visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sea Bean and Queen Conch Loops
These loops are both tent-only so you are welcome to park your RV off-site and pitch a tent to stay. These sites offer easy access to the nature trail, Hilltop Picnic Area, and the fishing and boating areas. A playground is nearby and there are bathrooms and laundry facilities on site.
If you’d prefer to stay off site there are many private campgrounds and RV parks to choose from in St. Augustine and the surrounding area. The amenities will vary but will likely include modern conveniences such as wireless internet, cable TV, and a swimming pool. Since you’ll be taking your motorhome trip to the sunny shores of Florida, you might be able to stay right next to the beach for an easy way to have fun in the sun.
Seasonal activities in Anastasia State Park
Boating & Paddling
There are so many opportunities for aquatic adventure during an RV trip to Anastasia State Park. You can sail the beautiful serene waters of Salt Run on a sailboat, or cruise along the tide in a canoe or kayak. Canoe and kayaks are available for rent at the concession inside the park.
Make sure you pack your fishing gear in your travel trailer, since Anastasia State Park is a haven for anglers of all levels! Not only is there a world-class fishing area right on site at Salt Run, but there are many amenities to make it easy for fishing, like a fish identification kiosk and fish-cleaning station. The waters at the north end of the park are the most popular spots.
Swimming & Surfing
From Memorial Day through Labor Day you can enjoy loads of fun in the sun at the designated swimming area at the beach, near the Island Beach Shop and Grill. If you are bringing your surfboard, you can tackle some of the beach waves on Florida’s east coast. If you’d like to rent ocean or beach equipment you can do so at the shop right off the beach.
If you want to enjoy a tranquil afternoon with a picnic on the sunny shores of Florida’s beaches, you definitely can during your RV getaway to Anastasia State Park. This beautiful state park offers three scenic picnic areas to choose from. The Hilltop Picnic area offers covered picnic tables with serene views of the Atlantic Ocean. The Watersports Picnic Pavilion near the marsh and Sea Turtle Picnic Pavilion by the ocean are perfect areas to enjoy a picnic during a fun outing at the beach or on the water.
Ranger-Led Hikes & Tours
If you want to learn about the rich history and natural ecosystem of Anastasia State Park, park your motorhome and head off on a ranger-led hike or tour. The regularly scheduled ranger hikes will take you through the Ancient Dunes Trail where you’ll learn about the majestic ancient dunes. You can also attend a ranger-led tour of the Old Spanish Quarries to learn about the area’s Spanish roots.
If you want to get out into the great outdoors, Anastasia State Park is a utopian destination for hiking. You’ll love hiking through shaded maritime hammock and spotting ancient dunes along the Ancient Dunes Nature Trail. You can also meander through four miles of sandy beaches with tremendous views of the ocean.
If you are bringing your bike, you’ll get a chance to ride on more than four miles of sandy beaches. You can coast along on your bicycle and soak in some majestic views of the Atlantic Ocean. There are also several miles of park roads that are open for cycling, some of which feature bike lanes. If you don’t want to pack your bike you can rent one at the concession in the park.
Birding & Wildlife Viewing
Anastasia State Park is home to a diverse ecosystem where you can see a multitude of marine wildlife from dolphins and manatees to sea turtles and crabs. You can also spot a wide variety of shore and water birds including laughing gulls, black skimmers, and blue herons. The beach boardwalk and overlook are the ideal spots for wildlife viewing in the park.
If you are looking for a fun way to explore the 1,600 acres of pristine beaches, shelling is a great activity the whole family can enjoy! Once you park your rig and head out to the beach you can collect all kinds of shells from clam and scallop shells to oyster and olive shells. Low tide is the best time to go shelling.
If you want to go on a modern-day treasure hunt, geo-seeking is just the ticket. This is a fun activity for the whole family during your trip to this coastal state park. You can use GPS coordinates found on geocaching websites to find caches hidden in the park, which will contain trinkets--or maybe even hidden treasure!