Congratulations to Anastasia State Park....recognized by Reserve America as #6 of 100 Top Family Campgrounds. The Florida Park Service is honored to be recognized in a total of 17 categories on Americas Top 100 Campgrounds list, said Florida Park Service Director Mike Bullock. Providing clean, affordable and enjoyable places for Florida residents and visitors to recreate while continuing to restore our natural and cultural resources is our mission. Anastasia State Park includes more than 1,600 acres featuring four miles of pristine beach, a tidal salt marsh, and a maritime and upland hammock. There is also an archaeological site where coquina rock was mined to create the nearby fortress, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. At Anastasia you can enjoy camping, beachcombing, swimming, picnicking, fishing, windsurfing, hiking, wildlife viewing, boating and more. Anastasia's full-facility campground, including 139 campsites, is located in a wooded area within easy bicycling or walking distance of the beach. A self-guided nature trail takes hikers through a maritime hammock on ancient sand dunes, and anglers have the opportunity to haul in the big catch. Island Joe's camp store, rental shop, and grill sells beach sundries, camping and fishing supplies, rents bicycles, beach chairs, ocean toys and umbrellas. They also sell delicious food. Call 904-461-9322 for more information. Anastasia Watersports rents canoes, sailboards, paddleboats and kayaks. Lessons on various water sports are available. Call (904) 460-9111 for more information.
We did it as a combination of walking and scenic driving. We particularly enjoyed exploring the unique Old City and Castillo de San Marcos. And the kids happily got in some extra trick-or-treating, as many of the local shops and restaurants were handing out candy the day before Halloween.
Jen K. on Anastasia State Recreation Area
Absolutely stunning. Having been to Jacksonville Beach and having grown up on Central Florida beaches, I wasn't prepared for how gorgeous Anastasia State Park would be.
It was $8 for our car to come in for the day. We drove in, stopped for a gopher tortoise crossing the road, and headed down the long drive to the beach. Stopped by the campsites to check them out. They were actually across the road from the beach, tucked away in thick palmetto trees. Clean bathrooms and a snack bar/camp store. Went on to the end parking lot where the beach is and was blown away by the size of the dunes. It is literally a couple hundred feet of boardwalk to get from the parking lot over the dunes to the actual beach. Cool birding area as well.
The beach itself is beautiful. Powdery white sand as far as you can see. Great for kids because it is very shallow, so you can walk out pretty far and not be in too deep of water. Strong rip tides while we were there so didn't venture too far in. A good amount of people there, but wouldn't call it crowded. A couple getting their wedding photos taken, some surfers, and a handful of other families. So glad we stopped by here while we were passing through town, and will be making a point of returning for longer next time.
Did a family stay at this state park. Went fishing from the shore, hiked in the woods and when we ran out of firewood, the park provided us with some. Park Rangers are very friendly. The camp sights are well shaded. Sights are well maintained. easy directions and well marked trails.