Sparkling blue water and white sand beaches make Henderson Beach State Park one of the premier relaxation destinations on the Emerald Coast. With more than 6,000 feet of shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico, it’s easy to see why this park is a local favorite.
Since doggos aren’t allowed on the beach, they’ll have to
leave the sun bathing to the two legged visitors. But tell your pup not to
worry, there is a pawsome nature trail that furry guests can wander around. Let
your pup be the guide as you follow the trail through the ancient sand
dunes. Fun fact- the highest
dune actually rests upon an old military bunker. From the top of this sandy
hill, your pup can get a furrific view of the park. Even though the trail is
only three quarters of a mile long, it’s still a good idea to carry some water for
your pup. The heat can be hard on their furry body.
Your pup won’t be the only creature in the nature trail area. Whether you see them or not, rabbits, bobcats, and gopher tortoises live in the park. You may catch a glimpse of some shore birds or the migratory fowl that pass through. If you do see wildlife, make sure your pup minds their manners and doesn’t bark at or chase them.
There are plenty of other activities to do in the park like
cycling, swimming, fishing, geocaching, and picnicking. However, the park has
pretty strict rules about where four legged friends can hang out. Dogs are
welcome in the parking lots, on the nature trail, and on the sidewalks of the
day use area. Do your part to keep the park clean so pups can continue to
visit this gorgeous park for years to come. Use the provided clean up bags to
pick up after your pooch. Henderson Beach State Park will make your pooch one happy hound!