Henderson Beach State Park spans a total area of 219 acres of land that is located in Okaloosa County, Florida and just east of Destin on US 98. The property where the park sits was sold to the state in 1983 for $13.1 million by Burney M. Henderson who was a Pensacola businessman.
The park was established on March 29, 1991, and is governed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. One of the park’s biggest draws is the sugar white sand beach and more than 6,000 feet of shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico. The beaches boardwalks allow visitors easy access to the beach while protecting the dunes and vegetation.
Some of the other activities that visitors to the park can enjoy include saltwater fishing, hiking, camping, bicycling, wildlife viewing, swimming, and in-line skating. There are several facilities that the park has to offer including the beach, showers, 60 full-facility campsites, bathhouses, food concessions, two picnic pavilions, a playground, and nature trails.
Dogs are allowed into Henderson Beach State Park although dog owners may find themselves restricted from visiting specific areas of the park. For example, no dogs are allowed into most of the park's buildings and specifically into cabins and cabin areas. In areas of the park that dogs are allowed to venture into, the pooch must always be kept on a leash (the dog’s leash must not be longer than six feet).
If a leash is not used, then the dog must be secured in a safe enclosure. Basically, all dogs must be under physical restraint at all times when in the park. Furthermore, the dog owner is expected to clean up after their pooch right away and dispose of the dog’s solid waste in the right manner. As such, it is a good idea for dog owners to carry a poop bag with them.