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Sparkling sun, white sand dunes, and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico — when you visit Henderson Beach State Park, you get to experience the best that Florida's Emerald Coast has to offer. Located near Destin in the state's northwest, the park offers a relaxing getaway for anyone who loves being near the ocean.
Boasting more than a mile of unspoiled shoreline, the park offers excellent opportunities for swimming, fishing, and wildlife watching. And because it boasts a 60-site campground with both back-in and pull-through sites, it's a lovely spot to explore for a few days or more in a rental RV.
Keep reading to find out how to plan your perfect Henderson Beach State Park RV camping getaway.
As you'd expect from a beachfront park, much of the activity in Henderson Beach State Park takes place either on the sand or in the water. The pristine white-sand beach stretches for more than a mile along the Gulf of Mexico.
Some campers like nothing more than laying down a towel and stretching out to soak up some of that famous Florida sun. Others, however, prefer to take a dip in the beautiful warm waters of the Gulf. The emerald-green waters here really do look wonderfully inviting, and there's no better way to relax and unwind than to strip down to your swimsuit and get wet. Just make sure you take note of the colored flags on the beach and at the park welcome stations so you know what sort of conditions to expect.
Fishing is another popular pastime in the park, and the nearby city of Destin is world-famous for its fishing. If you're keen to cast a line or two into the surf, you might catch anything from whiting and flounder to redfish, pompano, and even cobia. However, you'll need a fishing license before you can wet a line, and you'll also need to make sure you comply with all park rules surrounding the size and number of fish you catch, as well as how and when you catch them.
When you're not enjoying the water sports on offer in Henderson Beach State Park, you might want to tackle the three-quarter-mile nature trail that winds through the park. Easily accessible from the campground, the trail leads hikers through ancient, 30-foot-high sand dunes and the surrounding coastal scrub.
Along the way, be prepared to take in impressive views of the park and of the Gulf of Mexico. And if you'd like to be shown around by a local expert, guided tours are available on request.
Do you want to camp in an RV at Henderson Beach State Park? After you book an RV in Okaloosa County, make sure you reserve a spot in the park's popular coastal campground.
Set behind the sand dunes just a short walk from the beach, this 60-site campground can accommodate both RVs and tents. A mixture of back-in and pull-through sites is provided, with all sites boasting water and electrical hookups. However, sewer hookups aren't available, and the maximum permitted RV length is 60 feet.
Each site also gets its own clothesline post, picnic table, and ground grill. A dump station is also available when you need to dispose of waste. The modern restrooms include showers and also the added convenience of heating and air-conditioning — very welcome on a hot summer's day or a chilly winter's morning.
Finally, if you're traveling with your dog, the good news is that pets are welcome at all sites. Just make sure your pooch is leashed and well-behaved at all times.
When you're ready to wrap up your Henderson Beach State Park RV camping adventure and hit the road again, you'll find plenty of other great attractions and destinations just a short drive away.
If you want to continue exploring some of the beautiful wilderness areas in the Florida state parks system, the spectacular white sands of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park are just a 20-minute drive to the east.
If you're more of a history buff or you just have a passion for airplanes, the Air Force Armament Museum at nearby Eglin Air Force Base is well worth a visit. It's just half an hour away, and there are more than 29 different aircraft on display.
Of course, if you'd prefer to head for a major city, Pensacola is only a little more than an hour to the west. While you're there, you might even want to dive the USS Oriskany, the largest artificial reef in the world.
Whatever type of experience you want next, you won't have to travel too far to find it — so rent a camper near Henderson Beach State Park and get out there to explore the best that northwestern Florida has to offer.