Our Parks

The Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks is dedicated to maintaining the beauty and enjoyment of Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park and Henderson Beach State Park. Through interpretive programs, clean ups, and restoration to the facilities. We’re committed to keeping these parks as enjoyable destinations for the community and visitors alike.

A former WWII gunnery and bombing practice range has been transformed into a stunning natural landscape shaded by longleaf pines, and breathtaking views of the bayou.

Enjoy a majestic shoreline anchored by 30-foot, snow-white sand dunes while basking in the Florida sun.

Our Mission

The Friends of the Emerald Coast State Parks is an official Citizen Support Organization that works on behalf of Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park & Henderson Beach State Park.

Our organization is made up of park volunteers and people who have a love of our state parks and a desire to support their recreational, environmental and economic value to the community. Members of our organization promote the mission of the Florida Park Service to preserve and protect our parks’ natural,  and cultural resources while providing recreational opportunities to area visitors and residents. All membership dues and other funds raised by this organization are put to service for improvements of these state parks.

Reunions

Our Park Event Pavilions

Weddings

Interested in having an event wedding at Henderson Beach or Rocky Bayou?

Pavilions may be reserved during the day from 8:00am-Sunset daily in the off season and 4:00pm-Sunset or 3:00-10:00pm during peak season (Limited availability during Memorial Day-Labor Day).

Reunions

At Henderson Beach State Park pavilions may be reserved during the day from 8:00am-Sunset daily in the off season and 4:00pm-Sunset or 3:00-10:00pm during peak season (Limited availability during Memorial Day-Labor Day)

At Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, pavilions are available year round.

Picnics

Six event pavilions are available, with three of those being adjacent to restrooms.

All pavilions feature barbecue grills near beach boardwalks. They provide the perfect place to enjoy lunch with family and friends.

Outdoor showers are available.

Pets Policy

Pets are permitted in parking lots, on nature trails, and on the sidewalk in the day use areas.

Pets are not permitted on the beach, in playgrounds, or in any park buildings. They must be kept on a hand-held leash that is no longer than six-feet and be well-behaved at all times.

Become a Friend

Help to support the natural beauty of Henderson Beach State Park & Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. We exist to champion our region’s State Parks, and we need friends like you.