Anastasia State Park, St Augustine Florida
More than 1,600 acres of unspoiled beaches, tidal marshes, maritime hammocks and ancient sand dunes make this a captivating destination for visitors to explore.
The wildlife loves Anastasia State Park as much as the people do.There are abundant wading birds hunting for food along Salt Run, including colorful roseate spoonbills. Osprey and eagles rule the skies and painted buntings and warblers often flit about the hammock forests. Visitors watch wildlife along the beach, from a canoe or kayak, or on the Ancient Dunes Nature Trail.
As an added extra, the park’s 139 campsites are just a short stroll from the beach.
Over four miles of beach and several miles of park roads, some with bike lanes, are available for bicycling. Bicycles are available for rent at the concession inside Anastasia State Park. Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.
Anastasia State Park is located on The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, so visitors will have the opportunity to observe numerous species of birds. Many shorebirds, such as laughing gulls, least terns, and black skimmers are found resting on our beach, or frolicking on the shore. Water birds such as the great blue heron, tricolor heron, wood stork and roseate spoonbills can be seen in the salt marsh along Salt Run. Osprey, bald eagles and owls can be seen flying high above or resting in the tree tops. Song birds love the maritime hammock within the park. You may even see warblers, cardinals, robins, woodpeckers or painted buntings.
Visitors may enjoy sailing in Salt Run, the estuarine tidal marsh. For the safety of visitors and wildlife, operators of sailboats should obey signs, follow regulations, and keep the vessel from infringing on any habitat.
Canoers and kayakers alike can enjoy cruising along Salt Run, the estuarine tidal marsh. Rentals are available at the concession inside the park.
The fishing area on Salt Run features a fish identification kiosk, a monofilament disposal bin, and a fish-cleaning station! Waters off the north end of the park are also popular. If you come ashore onto the park during your fishing adventure, please avoid the delicate marsh and fragile dunes. Please take all trash with you, as garbage is harmful to the wildlife.
All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.
Explore the park in a new and challenging way. Experienced Geocachers have requested permission to hide caches containing trinkets, treasures, or information in various places around the park. Please check the Geocaching website for the most current and up-to-date information and clues to locate these caches.
The Ancient Dunes Nature Trail loops through a shaded maritime hammock while meandering through the ancient dunes. The trail is mostly flat but contains uneven terrain and some hills or even stairs. You can also explore up to four miles (one way) of pristine beach.
Please come by and enjoy our accessible picnic facilities. Anastasia State Park has three picnic areas. Hilltop picnic area, close to the marsh and the ocean, features ten covered picnic tables and a nearby restroom. (Hilltop picnic area cannot be reserved and available on a first-come first-served basis). Watersports Picnic Pavilion, by the marsh, and Sea Turtle Picnic Pavilion, close to the ocean, are available to rent at $100 (plus tax) per day. Contact Anastasia Watersports at (904) 460-9111 to reserve a pavilion, or if you have any additional questions about our picnic facilities. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, except campers may consume alcoholic beverages within their campsites.
Beach combing or shelling is a favorite pastime of many visitors and the beaches of Anastasia State Park are a great place to find them. Collectors can find a multitude of shells, including clam, scallop, oyster, and olive. Plan your shelling around the low phase of the tide which exposes the most beach area. Please be aware that most everything you find on the beach was or still could be alive.
Anastasia State Park hosts some of the better surfing on the east coast of Florida. Four miles of beach break allow visitors to spread out if they like. Surfers wear trunks or bathing suits in the summer months but water and air temperatures can make a full wetsuit desirable in late fall, winter and even early spring. Ocean and beach equipment can be rented from Island Beach Shop and Grill, right in the park by the beach. There are also local surf shops abound to help visitors. Entering the water in tidal or ocean areas always presents some degree of danger, including the threat of rip currents. Always heed advice or warnings posted for your protection.
A designated swimming area at the beach access ramp behind Island Beach Shop and Grill is monitored by a lifeguard from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but swimmers should always exercise caution, whether a lifeguard is present or not. Swimming in tidal or ocean areas always presents some degree of danger, including the threat of rip currents. Always heed advice or warnings posted for your protection.
Anastasia State Park includes 1600 acres of rich ecosystems and abundant wildlife. The estuarine tidal marsh is teeming with animal life, such as dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, fish, crabs, and marsh birds. The sand dunes are home to the endangered Anastasia Island Beach Mouse, while the beach is home to a variety of shorebirds, crabs, and other marine animals. The Windsurf picnic pavilion area, the beach boardwalk, and the beach overlook provide wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities.
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