The more I explore in Flagler County the more I fall in love.
It was another beautiful sunny day and I was ready for a new adventure.
I decided to head North from downtown Flagler Beach.
I took a journey up scenic A1A which features unobstructed views to the ocean.
I love adventuring in this part of the state, there are so many jewels to be found.
Twisting through the tree lined Hammock roadway, which narrowed a bit through the Hammock Beach area, and then just a few miles up I saw the sign for Washington Oaks State Park.
This park sits between the Intracoastal Waterway (also known as the Matanzas River), and the Atlantic Ocean. https://www.floridastateparks.org/hours-and-fees/Washington-Oaks
I pulled into the park and there was a sign on the window saying “using the honor system for park entry fees today”. I smiled, paid and proceeded into the park. The park fees run from $2.00 to $5.00 for a car load and include the tours on the days they are offered.
The park had dense canopied coastal scrubs and a pathway lined with tall oaks, wrought iron gates and coquina rock formations.
There was a little office to stop in that featured a gift shop where the staff couldn't have been more helpful. I might say, some of the goods being sold were reasonably priced, I grabbed a few bracelets for gifts. I was told on certain days you can take the free guided tours and saltwater fishing workshops included in your park admission.
I headed toward the Intracoastal Waterway up the dirt road which had markers telling me about the hiking and bicycle trails.
Then to my surprise, a little house where a distant relative of President George Washington had resided until his death.
Along the waterway I saw hermit crabs lugging around their shells. I saw people fishing and an area for picnicking with charcoal grills. There was a playground shaded by Hammock trees and interpretive exhibits.
I happened upon the beautiful rose garden and a picturesque little pond surrounded by stag horns and foliage. A delightful slice of paradise.
The location of this park is so convenient because just across the road there is parking for a day at the beach. I was so glad I had taken the time to pull over and make this stop, I drove over to the beachside, took the ramp over the dunes to the beautiful jetty lined sands of the Atlantic Ocean. It was a breathtaking view from the shore and a day to remember!