Of the 33 state parks in Northwest Florida, 2 are in Bay County on either end of Panama City Beach. The more well known St. Andrews State Park all the way to the East and Camp Helen State Park on the western end.
Camp Helen, the smaller of the two parks, is surrounded by water; the Gulf of Mexico on three sides and by Lake Powell, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida.
For just a $4 entry fee per vehicle (up to 8 people) or $2 per pedestrian or bicycle, you can enjoy the beach and nature trail, check out the interpretive exhibit and visitors center to learn more about the history of the park and the wildlife who inhabits it now. You can fish, swim, hike, or just relax on the beach. Take along a picnic lunch so you can stay all day!
Camp Helen offers a variety of events throughout the year. Their next event scheduled will be the “It’s a Spring Thing” on April 2, with booths set up to help visitors learn more about the area. In the fall the very popular Ghost Walk and History Tour is held at the park.
Camp Helen is located approximately 6 miles West of Hwy 79 on US 98, just inside the Bay County Line.