We are so lucky here in North Florida to have a wide variety of state parks we can head to for some family camping fun. Anastasia State Park is the perfect North Florida camping getaway just a little bit south in St Augustine, Florida. The camp sites are well-sized, everything easy to get to by walk or bike and many things to do!
Camp Near the Beach at Anastasia
Of course, you can hike, as it is a state park, but truly the reason to go to Anastasia is for the beach. We checked in Friday afternoon and even got some evening beach time in before dinner.
Being a state park, the beach is usually not too crowded. The parking lot is close if you are bringing a lot of items. If you’re planning to camp we recommend a wagon to haul stuff from the campsite. Being right there, we got to the beach at 8am and had the whole day for fun.
Dogs are allowed in the park and the campground at Anastasia State Park, however they are not allowed on the beach. There are other beaches in St. Augustine where you can take your dog as long as you follow local leash laws.
There are lots of Amenities at Anastasia State Park
The restrooms and restaurant aren’t too far from the beach, which is perfect for families. There is even a playground right next to the concession stand. You’ll want to make sure you have a camping reservation at Anastasia since sites fill up fast. You can make your reservation through Reserve America up to 11 months in advance.
In addition to spending time at the beach, you can bring your kayak or SUP or even rent one at the park. There is a calm tidal marsh called Salt Run which is perfect for paddling. If you have a fishing license, you can fish at Salt Run and they have a fish cleaning station for you. With so much to do, your weekend will fly by at Anastasia State Park and you will want to head back for more!
Melody is a graduate of Jacksonville University, married a Jax Beach resident, moved away for 12 years, then returned to the area in 2016. Together they have two girls. Melody works as owner/photographer of Melody Coarsey Photography, she loves yoga, family, traveling, dining with a view and the ocean.
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