Campground Review: Grayton Beach State Park
With its sugar sand beach being one of the most pristine and uncluttered along the Gulf Coast, Grayton Beach State Park is a very desirable campground along the Scenic Gulf Coast Highway. It is hard to top its beach for swimming, sunbathing and surf fishing. It also borders on a good size coastal dune lake providing opportunities for sailing, paddle-boarding, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.
Adding to the attractions, the state park is adjacent to the village of Grayton Beach, a historic beach town full of quaint cottages, unique bars, artisan galleries, and boutique shopping enterprises. You can walk the beach to town or bike, walk or drive the park road back to Scenic Highway 30A and then west to town.There’s paved bike-walk-jogging path that runs from Grayton Beach past the park road and east through the beach communities of Seaside, Seagrove, and Rosemary Beach. The bike path and bike-friendly town of Grayton Beach helps make biking a favorite recreation of Rvers and campers staying at the park.
Hiking Trails. Most of the hiking we do while staying at the park is along the park roads, the trail along the beach to the town, or walking the bike path to the retail and restaurant portion of town that stretches along Highway 30A. There also is a one mile nature trail loop that winds through the dunes adjacent to the beach and a longer 9 mile bike/hike trail trail that goes around the coastal dune lake.
Campground. The campground has two camping areas, designated as the old (sites 1 – 36) and new (sites 37 – 59) sections. A modern bathhouse with showers serves each of the camping sections. There are a total of 59 camping and RV sites, all with water and electricity. The new section has paved roads and many paved campsites. Some of the sites in the new section have 50 amp service and are handicap accessible. The old section only offers 30 amp service, has mostly sand (with a little gravel) roads and campsite/parking pads. While campsites of the old section are older and mostly sand, one compensation is more mature trees and shrubs between the sites offering more privacy screening than those in the new section.
Gulf Beach. It is about a half-mile walk to the beach itself from the camping area. If you’d rather bike or drive, there is a large parking lot and beach pavilion at the end of the park road. The pavilion has washrooms and changing areas. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at the Ranger Station, but there is no camp store so you need to bring your own beach towels, chairs, or umbrellas. I believe some rentals are available in town.
The much admired beach and dual attractions of the town of Grayton Beach and the Grayton Beach State Park located side-by-side make this one of the more popular state parks. Advance reservations are recommended.
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- Florida Gulf Coast Scenic Drive, Part 2. – Grayton Beach to Apalachicola
- Grayton Beach State Park Website