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We only stayed two nights, but it was just what we needed. The other places in the area are much more expensive, so this was a nice alternative. Full hookups and it made for a comfortable stay. Wifi was available, but it didn't work, but AT&T cell service worked fine for what we needed.
We camped at Henderson Beach State Park the last week of 2020. It was absolutely beautiful with well kept grounds and clean facilities. The beach was amazing and our site was so private. We were on D loop, and I would recommend loop A or B as first choice. However, all sites are very private and level. Only 2 bars on cell service and wi-fi is only available at visitor center and bathhouse. Would definitely stay here again.
We stayed in site 35 at the end of December. Site was level and had privacy from the neighboring sites, with electric, water and sewer hookups! Easy walk to Western Lake - some sites even back up to the lake. Longer walk to the beach/gulf, but we found the walk to be beautiful and saw quite a few birds along the way. No pets allowed on the beach - if you have a dog, ask the rangers for the brochure listing dog beaches in FL. We drove to Panama City Beach to go to the dog beach at Pier Park, which was a nice alternative. We did the Barrier Dunes Nature Trail - note that this is listed as a loop, but when we were there, it wasn’t a loop and most people we passed on the trail weren’t wearing masks. In its current state, there weren’t any gulf views from this trail. The campground was VERY quiet the whole time we were there.
We stayed in loop E on sites 4&5. Theses sites are nice because they are on the side that backs up to the bay so you have fewer neighbors. We had a tiny popup so we maneuvered ok but it’s pretty tight if you have a bigger unit. There’s a nice walk to the bay right off of the site. There’s a small beach with a ton of tiny crabs. It was nice to go sit at night instead of making the longer trip to the gulf coast side. Our kids were in tents and they did get flooded on the first night when it rained. The fort itself is pretty nice, you can even visit at night with flashlights. You can walk to the beach but it’s kinda far , we packed up the truck with chairs and coolers and stayed all day. Awesome beach! Beautiful white sand and clear water. If you’ve never been, plan a day trip to the National Naval and Aviation Museum. So worth it!!! And it’s free! There’s also a lighthouse,but we stayed too long at the museum and it was closed. Just a slight annoyance with the campgrounds was that the bathrooms were surrounded by a sand pit, so when you’re nice and clean after a long day in the sand you have to walk through sand in wet flip flops 😂
This is a fairly small rv resort. It has 58 spots that are fully paved. The grounds are gorgeous. Across the very busy street is a nice hotel that we have access to the pool, beach, and all of their amenities. There is a pool on this side too, which is very clean and heated, but small. If I came back during peak season I’m not sure I’d have any room to get in. The park is on the bay, which is a pretty nice view of the emerald clear water. Laundry facility is nice, only has three units though.
Great bathrooms, stellar scene, friendly neighbors. Love this concept and if you don’t mind lots of eyes on your site, beach camping is the coolest. Our little camper van was a miniature compared to these big rigs. One outdoor pool was closed but one was covered in a huge inflatable tent. We had it all to ourselves for an evening dip. Even on a rainy day, you can’t beat the location. 25 min beach walk to Surf Hut for dinner.
As others have noted, the new owner is doing all she can to make this a go-to place. The campground is old-fashioned in lots of ways (limited number of sites, central community area, LOTS of lovely old trees). The little park in the center has games and a firepit and is lit up at night for folks to gather, and they do; families play foosball and ping pong while others sit by the fire. Very dog-friendly. Grounds and facilities are clean and well-maintained despite hurricane damage. If problems come up, management’s commitment is to find workable solutions. We’d come back.
The place is amazing. The staff were efficient. The spaces are small but private. This park is what urban camping should strive to be.