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Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

This historic state park includes beautiful gardens and a beach covered with impressive coquina rock formations.

The centerpiece and namesake of Washington Oaks State Park is the historic gardens, which are home to ancient oak trees and countless types of beautiful tropical plants. The history of this land is rich and goes back two centuries. In 1818 a man named General Joseph Hernandez purchased the land and developed the Bella Vista Plantation. The park and gardens as they exists today was left by Mr. Owen D. Young and his wife Louise. Mr. Young bought the property in 1937 and enjoyed it as a winter retreat. Mr. Young helped found the RCA Corporation and became Chairman of the Board of the General Electric Co. in 1922. Mrs. Young donated the property to the State of Florida in 1964 following the death of Mr. Young.

Along with the beautiful formal gardens Washington Oaks State Park is also home to an incredible coastline of coquina rock formations. These rocks create tidal pools and created a scenic coastline unlike most beaches found in Florida. There are also hiking trails that explore the wilderness surrounding the property (you can find a trail map below).

Washington Oaks State Park is located directly off of the Atlantic Ocean near Palm Coast, Florida – roughly one and a half hours from Orlando. There is an admission of $5 per vehicle and the park is open from 8AM until sunset every day of the year. Nearby you can find other cool historic sights like Fort Matanzas and the Bulow Plantation RuinsYou can use our interactive map to find more things to see and do around Orlando here.


Washington Oaks State Park

Washington Oaks State Park


Trail Map (download PDF file):
Washington Oaks Map