Camp Helen

Surrounded by water on three sides, Camp Helen State Park is a water lover’s paradise.  On the south, the wide open expanse of the Gulf of Mexico, on the east, Phillips Inlet, and on the North, Lake Powell, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in the state.  Nature trails abound and offer great hiking and eco-tourism possibilities.

Prehistoric middens and mounds indicate that humans inhabited the area more than 4,000 years ago. However, more recently in the 1930s, the land was purchased by Robert E. Hicks for a summer home for he and his wife, Margaret, which she named “Loch Lomond”.  Passing on to the Avondale Textile Mills of Sylacauga, Alabama in the 1940s as an employee resort, the site was renamed to it’s present day title of Camp Helen in honor of the CEO’s daughter.  

Activities include hiking, fishing (both saltwater and freshwater), swimming, picnicking, beachcombing and nature study.  While all of the original buildings on this 184 acre site have been beautifully restored, this is a day use facility only and does not offer lodging or camping accommodations.

Come see the natural beauty of Florida at it’s finest!


23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Phone: (850) 233-5059