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“Well-shaded sites; near lake recreation and ocean beaches!”

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
Ranked #10 of 166 things to do in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence
Vero Beach, Florida
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267 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
“Well-shaded sites; near lake recreation and ocean beaches!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

My husband and I spent four nights at the Hanna Park campground in a motorhome with slide-outs. The pros are: (1) it’s a 5-minute walk from the campground to the nearest beach access points. The beach is beautiful with tall dunes and miles of white sand! (2) The campground is covered with a heavy canopy of trees, so campsites are nicely shaded. The lush, natural vegetation throughout the park provides some privacy and natural screening between campsites. (3) Each campsite has a picnic table and metal fire pit/grill. Some tables were in disrepair. (4) There are two fenced play areas within the campground. (6) There are hiking and biking trails throughout Hanna Park. (6) The Lake recreation facilities, where you can rent paddle boats and kayaks, are also nearby.

If you reserve far enough in advance, you can use the online reservation system. We reserved only two days in advance so we called the park to make our reservation. The cost per night is very reasonable ($30.50 with a Good Sam discount,)

One caveat for big rigs—Hanna can accommodate RVs up to 45 feet long, but be sure to look very carefully at the site map (available online at http://www.coj.net/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation-and-community-programming/docs/hanna-park/hannamap-jan11.aspx) when you make your reservation. We called for a reservation without looking at specific sites and, although park staff knew the size of our coach before they assigned our campsite, when we arrived at the campground, we discovered our coach wouldn’t fit into our assigned spot. We’d been given a site meant for a much smaller RV. The park entrance and registration office is about one-and-a-half miles from the actual campsites, but we were able to call the office and switch to a larger, nearby site.

When you register at the park entrance, you get a parking pass and the entry code for the campground gate. There are keypad locks on the all the restrooms and showers, but we didn’t use those facilities. There is a laundry area near the back of the park, but we didn’t use it, either.

The cons are—and these wouldn’t be negatives for everyone: (1) no paved sites. Most sites appear reasonably level, but front of our site was quite a bit lower than the back. (2) It rained heavily at the beginning of our stay and drainage is poor in some areas, so there were still some large puddles of standing water two days after the rain stopped. Bring your mosquito repellant. (4) No Wi-Fi. (5) No cable TV. (6) No pool. (7) The soil is very sandy, as you’d expect near the beach, and it gets into everything if you aren’t careful. (8) The on-site convenience store is closed, but there is plenty of shopping within a 10-15 minute drive. (There’s no indication of when the store might re-open, but we did see a sign that says the City is planning to remodel the store and is taking bids for the store concession.)

Overall, although there are no resort-style amenities or cable TV, Hanna Park is a very pleasant campground and we would stay there again.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank cmpvb
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Macon, Georgia
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful, dog-friendly beach!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

We had a great experience at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. We went to the beach for the day and took our dog. The beach was beautiful and there were only a few others there. We did not go anywhere but the beach, but seemed like a fantastic park!

Visited April 2013
6 Thank Diana N
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Jacksonville, Florida
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“Hanna Park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

Covered pavillons for picnics, outdoor showers for beachgoers, bike trail, campground in wooded area

Thank Diane R
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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Family beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Overall nice beach, still the best beach in Jax for families and having the bathrooms and showers to clean up when you leave the beach makes for easier clean up when you get home.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Mat S
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New Alexandria, Pennsylvania, USA
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Unexpected Tropical Get Away”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

For anyone that likes a tropical vacation right next to the Atlantic ocean with or without your children. This is a state park for RVers, camping and cabin rentals. Great for hiking, biking and especially beach walking. There is also fresh water lakes rental boats and a water park for the kids. This is not the newest park but if you like tropical, check it out.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Al A
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