Escape to breathtaking views of the Atlantic coast, miles of sandy beachfront and picturesque maritime hammock.
Avalon State Park, 10 miles south of Vero Beach, contains miles of undeveloped shoreline and opportunities for guests to swim, surf, snorkel, kayak, fish and enjoy nature.
This exquisite public recreational area is located on North Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County, only 2 hours from Orlando. The park’s undeveloped shoreline attracts many wildlife species including the endangered loggerhead, Atlantic green and leatherneck sea turtles.
The Florida state park is also home to an abandoned top-secret training ground that was used during World War II. This training area is all located under the water. ‘Frogmen’ (now called Navy SEALs) were trained in underwater demolition exercises here. While many of the steel and concrete structures were removed many still exist underwater today.
Pack a picnic lunch and walk out to the observation platform that offers spectacular views of Indian River Lagoon. The trail leads from the beach area, through lush maritime hammock and out to Blue Hole Point.
Search for shells, birdwatch, fish for bluefish and snook, and just relax and enjoy your day outside in this serene park.
Here are some activities that you can do during your visit to Avalon State Park:
Boating at Avalon State Park
Kayak, canoe or paddle board in the beautiful waters along the coast of Avalon State Park. Be aware if using a surfboard or paddle board you must keep it tethered (no longer than 12 feet) to your person at all times. You may launch your kayak, canoe or paddle board from the beach area.
Swimming at Avalon State Park
A beautiful sandy beach and stunning view of the clear Atlantic waters awaits guests to Avalon State Park. Swimming, snorkeling, searching for seashells and sunbathing are popular activities.
Be aware that there are no lifeguards and there are numerous underwater structures that may cause injury. These structures are made of concrete and steel and are remnants of Naval training exercises dating back to World War II.
Hiking at Avalon State Park
Explore the park’s many native environments from the coast on through to the Indian River Lagoon. The park has one trail, a 3.2 mile path through the park that offers guests a chance to stretch their legs and see more nature and wildlife.
Access to the Avalon Nature Trail can be found south of the beach parking area. This trail leads out to an observation platform over the river and then continues along the northern edge of the island and out to Blue Hole Point.
Fishing at Avalon State Park
Catch snook, bluefish, pompano, whiting and red and black drum from the shoreline inside Avalon State Park. Remember to pick up a Florida fishing license and spend a relaxing day fishing at the park.
Birding at Avalon State Park
Bird lovers – don’t forget to bring your binoculars and bird lists! The park’s undeveloped maritime hammock is a wonderful place to spot native and migrating birds. See egrets, American Oystercatcher, Roseate Spoonbill, wood stork, Black Skimmer, Brown Pelican, Blue Heron, terns and more throughout the mangroves and along the river.
Nature and Wildlife at Avalon State Park
Many species of wildlife may be seen throughout the park across the beautiful undeveloped maritime hammock, beach dunes, mangrove forests and the Indian River Lagoon. Expect to see birds, fish, manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, snakes, rabbits, deer, gopher tortoises, feral hogs and many more during your visit.
Pets at Avalon State Park
Well behaved pets are allowed inside Avalon State Park. Pets must be kept on a hand held leash no longer than 6 feet and are not permitted inside park buildings or in the beach area.
Camping Near Avalon State Park
Sebastian Inlet State Park – 9700 S Hwy A1A, Melbourne Beach
This nearby state park has 51 modern campsites as well as primitive sites. Each campsite has electric and water hookups, a picnic table and a fire ring, and are near accessible restrooms. The primitive area is walk-in/carry-in.
Roadrunner Travel Resort – 5500 St. Lucie Blvd, Fort Pierce Modern resort style campground with 452 full hookup campsites nestled in picturesque surroundings.
Avalon State Park
N Hwy A1A
North Hutchinson Island, FL 34949
Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Avalon State Park: