Anastasia State Recreation Area is located near St Augustine, FL. The trail is primarily used for camping and is accessible year-round.
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.