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Camp Helen State Park

23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
850-233-5059

Camp Helen State Park is a place where visitors can explore an environment rich in natural and cultural resources. The park is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on three sides, and by Lake Powell, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida. Prehistoric middens and mounds indicate that humans inhabited the area more than 4,000 years ago. From 1945 until 1987 Camp Helen was a company resort for the employees of an Alabama textile mill, known as Avondale Mills. Some of those buildings have now been restored. This 180-acre park is for day use only. Activities include swimming, beachcombing, nature study, hiking and both freshwater and saltwater fishing.



Reviews

Deborah Bailey

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Beautiful WALKING park, no vehicles past the welcome center. Open 8 to sundown, no camping. There is one nice lodge available for wedding rentals, day reunions, etc. The walk to the ocean is underestimated by my tracker and should be one mile round trip --- and it is not an easy trek. You can do it if you are in fair shape but, be advised, you have to walk back too. The first ten feet of the ocean was very brown today and another man told us a nearby lake overflows occasionally, washing the residue onto the beach but water is still safe --- but still looks dirty enough to where I would definitely not get in. I very much enjoyed the visitors center, the friendliness of the park rangers and the beauty and cleanliness of the park.

30A Prime

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Camp Helen State Park is one of northwest Florida's hidden gems. It's made up of more than 163 acres and is located on the boarder of Panama City Beach and Inlet Beach. The eastern portion of Camp Helen State Park is on Lake Powell which is one of the largest Coastal Dune Lakes in the World. Camp Helen has an awesome Kayak Rental Program that makes it easy for the public to explore Lake Powell. The southern part of the part is on the Gulf of Mexico and has a fantastic beach with remnants of an old pier. It's a great spot to take photos or hang out for the day and fish. Camp Helen State Park has a 3.5 mile trail system throughout the entire park. Much of the trail system is paved making it easy for people of all ages to explore. Camp Helen is also a popular wedding venue because of it's natural beauty and affordability. You can rent the historic lodge for just over $400 which is pretty cool for those looking to get married without breaking the bank. There is a small fee to enter the park so please keep that in mind. I forget the exact amount but it's no more than a few bucks per passenger. I highly recommend checking out Camp Helen State Park next time you're in Panama City Beach or on 30A.

Chris Taylor

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Saturday, June 2, 2018
We visited this park while vacationing in Panama City just to take a little break from the beach. All of the paths are just walking paths and we enjoyed that. We also rented a kayak and enjoyed some time on the lake. It is quite a trek to the beach through some pretty deep sand so I would not recommend that with small children or arms full of chairs and toys. The beach was not busy though so that is a plus.

Tommy Gordon Jr

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Monday, May 21, 2018
Beautiful beach! Nice and not crowded. Would have given it a 5 if it wasn't for the 1/4 mile walk to the beach and those pesky yellow flies! Those things hurt! Aside from those, it was a great time!

Tyler Umfress

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Monday, June 18, 2018
Beautiful beach and bay access. Facilities are taken care of. The beach feels private due to the lack of people. We were unable to snorkel and fish due to weather conditions at the time. Our only complaints being the lack of staff members. Walking to the beach is treacherous with anything other than your beach gear. The walk is around a mile which makes the trip more difficult than other beaches.

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