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, beach combing 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.
Anastasia Water sports rents canoes, sailboards, paddle boats and kayaks. Lessons on various water sports are available.
It’s a perfect time to go kayaking, windsurfing, fishing, exploring our nature trails, or just relaxing on the beach. Once on the beach, you may observe shorebirds such as Royal Terns, Brown Pelicans, and Black Skimmers. This is the best time of year to see some of our spectacular native wildflowers and grasses in bloom!
Please be aware, starting October 1, 2012 the Coquina Restroom and bathhouse will be closed during the entire month for repairs. You may use the three other restrooms and bathhouse provided on Queen Conch loop, Sand Dollar loop, or Sea Urchin loop.
We are still in the production phase of a beach renourishment project on the north end of the park. Construction equipment and pipes will be on the area’s beaches. The equipment is being used to pump sand onto the shore as part of a countywide effort. In the park, this is intended to protect the dunes, which are home to the endangered Anastasia Island Beach Mouse. Visitors will still be able to use the beach, but will be restricted to areas not under construction for safety. Please take extra care with ocean safety during this project.
We encourage you to take advantage of assorted events and programs offered at the park. Some examples include a ranger led walk on the wild side, to an exciting bird walk viewing shorebirds on the beach and songbirds in the hammock.
Please contact the park for additional information. 904-461-2000.