Bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on three sides, Camp Helen State Park is where families just like yours can go and explore an environment rich in natural and cultural resources! The Gulf of Mexico may border three sides, but then you have the iconic Lake Powell on the fourth side. This happens to be one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida!
Did you know that the region has a rich history too? In fact, there have been prehistoric middens and mounds found in the area which indicate that humans lived in the area over 4,000 years ago. That's pretty incredible!
Camp Helen State Park is a 180 acre park geared for day use only. During the day, families can enjoy a host of activities that take advantage of the beautiful surroundings, including beachcoming, swimming, freshwater & saltwater fishing, and even studying nature!
For those hikers in the family, the Oak Canopy Trail winds through a dense canopy overlooking a salt marsh. A great stop is the visitor center where you can pick up a complimentary trail guide.
Feeling like some more history? Great! Camp Helen State Park also features a historical district, that includes a water tower, rainbow cottages, and duplexes. All of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places!
Camp Helen State Park is truly a hidden gem. It's a beautiful getaway destination for all ages. Adventure, history and outdoor fun in Florida for the whole family!
Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway,Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is South of U.S. Hwy 98 and approximately 6 miles west of State road 79.Get directions
$4.00 per vehicle, limit 8 people per vehicle
Why not take a picnic! Picnic tables are available throughout the park. One small covered picnic pavilion is also available. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
Take a camera! The wildlife is great for spotting, and you might just see white tail deer, squirrels and even black bear!
Take water, you will need it
Kayak Rentals are offered at the park daily from 8am to 5pm (weather & season permitting)