Gulf Coast State Park Offers Beach and Dune Lake Experience

Posted by Beaches360 Administrator on Saturday, July 27th, 2013 at 6:57am

Image Credit: Ebyabe ( Helen State Park is a great place to enjoy the dune lakes of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. The park is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico on three sides and the lakes on the other side. It used to be a company resort for the Alabama textile mill employees. The buildings have been restored and the 180-acre park is used during the day for beachgoers, fishing, swimming and hiking.

Many area residents enjoy the beaches at Camp Helen because it's a quiet area with plenty of great beaches. You can fish in both freshwater and saltwater at the park, making it a unique area throughout the state. Those enjoying nature can study all types of plant and animal life at the park, along with hiking on the nature trails. Other features of the park include:

  • Interpretive Exhibits
  • Picnic Areas
  • A Visitor Center
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • And More!

Some of the things you will find at the park include:

  • The Rainbow Cottages
  • Oak Canopy Trail
  • Lake Powell
  • Rustic Lodge
  • Paintings of Avondale Mill's Children
  • Phillip Inlet Beach

Interpretive Overview

The state park provides a visitor center with an overview of the history of the park. Whether you're interested in the history, culture or nature of the park, the center will provide you with all the right information. You can chat with Park Rangers, ask questions and learn all about the park. Camp Helen wants visitors to feel as if they can ask any questions, whenever they see any Park Rangers.

Whether you come for the lake, Gulf of Mexico, beaches or the many other attributes of this park, you're sure to have a great time. You can bring the entire family and enjoy a full day with a picnic, plenty of time at the beach and so much more.

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