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Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

 Activities at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Beaches

Beaches

Come relax or play on our beach.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Bike areas are provided.

Birding

Birding

This park is on the Great Florida Birding Trail. Birding can be enjoyed in a variety of habitats including the beach, Matanzas River, and throughout the formal gardens.  Each year during the migratory seasons birding becomes a very popular activity at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Check out our Birding Checklist

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing from the seawall and surf fishing is allowed at Washington Oaks. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is a popular place for recreational fishing. Fishing can be enjoyed from the park's seawall on the Matanzas River. Surf fishing is allowed from the beach. A number of different species are routinely caught, including whiting and blue fish in the surf; several species of trout, redfish, drum and flounder along the seawall. A Florida saltwater fishing license may be required. 

Gardens

Gardens

The formal gardens are the centerpiece of Washington Oaks Gardens. A portion of the hammock contains a formal garden where many species of exotic plants from around the world are displayed along footpaths and around reflecting ponds. The gardens are well known for their azaleas, camellias and roses.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park provides trails for both hiking and biking. The Bella Vista trails include the Timucuan hiking trail, Jungle Road hike and bike trail and the Old A-1-A hike and bike trail. This 1.7 mile trail system explores a mature coastal maritime hammock and ventures into the edge of a dense canopied coastal scrub. The Mala Compra hiking loop is a half-mile loop that explores the ecozone between the coastal maritime hammock and the estuarine tidal marsh along the Matanzas River. The hiking trails at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park were developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in cooperation with the Florida Trail Association. These trails are maintained by Florida Trail Association volunteers.

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive exhibits are available.

Pets

Pets

All pets must be on a 6-foot leash and well behaved at all times. Pets may not be left unattended. You may walk your pet in the picnic area, along the bike trails, and hiking trails but not in the gardens or on the beach.

Picnic Pavilion

Picnic Pavilion

Our pavilion is equipped with 10 picnic tables and 3 charcoal grills.  If you would like to reserve the pavilion for a special function, please complete our Pavilion Reservation Agreement

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Picnicking

Picnicking

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park provides a beautiful picnic facility beneath large majestic oaks. There is a covered pavilion with other tables and grills located throughout the picnic area . The picnic areas close proximity to the parks hiking trail and the Matanzas River, makes it a popular meeting place for an after lunch hike. The pavilion is available for reservations by calling the Park office at 386-446-6783. Restroom facilities and a children's play area is also available in the picnic area.  Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohiibited.

Playground

Playground

For further enjoyment we have a children's playground located in the picnic area close to the banks of the Matanzas River, commonly referred to as the intracoastal waterway. The playground is equipped with such amenities as a slide and swing set. It is located in a coastal hammock, so is sure to provide ample shade.

Recycling

Recycling

Every time you recycle you are helping protect our environment. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park now offers aluminum, plastic, and glass recycling for park visitors. Please use one of the designated bins throughout the park.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

ADA restroom facilities are available at the Vistor Center and Picnic Area. ADA Portalet available at the beach.

Visitor Center

Visitor Center

Come to our Visitor Center for Information.

Weddings

Weddings

Receptions and weddings are popular in the beautiful gardens of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Call (386) 446-6780.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is possible at this park.