Anastasia State Park, St Augustine Florida
Located south of historic St. Augustine, the park's hardwood forest of ancient oaks was in its youth when Juan Ponce de Leon landed near the area in 1513 and gave Florida its name. On Anastasia Island, park visitors may enjoy a broad beach, a lagoon bordered by tidal salt marsh, and maritime and upland hammock. Camping, beachcombing, swimming, picnicking, windsurfing, hiking, wildlife-viewing, and boating are popular activities. Nature trails meander through the maritime and upland hammock that covers ancient sand dunes. For anglers, Anastasia is a great place to haul in the big catch. The park's full-facility campground is in a wooded area within easy bicycling or walking distance of the beach. Anastasia State Park has a 139 site campground that is equipped for both tent campers and RVers. Each site has a picnic table, an in-ground grill, fire ring and water. All sites are equipped with electricity, if needed. None of the sites have sewer hookups, but there is a dump station located in the campground, as well as dumpsters for your household trash. For your convenience, there are two public telephones in the park; one is located in the camping area and one at the picnic area. Each of the sites is located in a shady hardwood hammock, away from the blowing sand and salt spray of the beach. However, most sites are within walking distance to the beach. There are natural barriers between each site that allow privacy for the visitor. Since one of the goals in state parks is preservation, site sizes vary. There are a few sites that can accommodate camping rigs up to 40'. Reservations for campsites may be made up to eleven (11) months in advance by contacting ReserveAmerica. Anastasia's beautiful beach attracts walkers, joggers, fishermen, birders, and nature-lovers. Quality beach breaks and seasonally warm water draw surfers and kayakers.