Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 9:00am

Meeting Location: Washington Oaks Gardens

6400 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast, FL 32137

Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park preserves 425 acres of coastal scenery along State Road A1A in Palm Coast, Florida.  The Park's eastern boundary holds one of the largest outcroppings of coquina rock on the Atlantic Ocean, creating a picturesque boulder-strewn beach.

The heart of the Park consists of a coastal scrub community that transitions into lush hammock where towering live oaks, hickory and magnolia trees offer their welcome shade.  Bordering the hammock are the scenic tidal marshes of the Matanzas River.

It is within the hammock that 20 acres of formal gardens are sculpted from the landscape to create an amazing place to relax and enjoy the wonders of nature.  The Young's built their winter retreat here; the buildings and gardens of the Washington Oaks Historic District are part of the Young's legacy.  

Field Trip Description

Due to two weddings occurring at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park on Saturday, March 9th, we have rescheduled the field trip for Saturday, March 23, 2019.
 
The Camera Club’s March field trip will be to beautiful Washington Oaks Gardens State Park in Palm Coast between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine. The Park consists of 425 acres of large sprawling oak trees, beautiful gardens with manicured winding paths, historic buildings, hiking trails, pretty riverfront views of the Matanzas River and beach property with large coquina rock formations along the shoreline. The Park opens at 8:00am. The main parking lot is on the left just past the gift shop. Please plan on meeting at the stage area, near the main garden entrance, for a group shot at 9:00am. As always, guests are welcome.
 
Also, bring a picnic lunch! We have reserved a covered pavilion in the picnic area. Meet at the picnic area at 11:30am. The picnic  area is just a little south down the Park road. There is parking near the picnic area.
 
If you come from I-95, exit 289, there is a $2.00 toll to get unto A1A from that direction (Sunpass and Epass are not accepted.) Entrance into the Park is $4.00 for single occupant cars and $5.00 for multiple occupant cars.
 
If you are interested in carpooling, contact Judy Pastore at jpastore@cfl.rr.com. The carpool meeting place will be Viera Walmart, 8500 N. Wickham Road, in the southeast corner of the parking lot (same meeting area for the annual bus trip) at 6:30am. Departing no later than 6:45am. Please state if you want to drive and how many people you can take, or if you want to be a passenger, and if you plan on eating lunch there. I will reply. If you do not receive a reply, I did not receive your email.
 
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 North Oceanshore Blvd.
Palm Coast, FL  32137