Welcome to Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks

Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks is a Citizen Support Organization (CSO).  Our organization is made up of park volunteers and people like you 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 Park Service to preserve and protect our parks’ natural, cultural resources and to provide recreational opportunities to area visitors and residents.

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. All membership dues and other funds raised by this organization are put to service for improvements of these State Parks.

Become a Member

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.

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.