Washington Oaks Gardens State Park


The west side of the park offers views of the Matanzas River and nature preserves beyond, while the Atlantic side offers coquina rock formations for landscape photography and numerous sea bird populations.

The formal gardens are the centerpiece of the park on the west side, with displays of native and non-native plant species including azaleas, camellias and bird of paradise. The gardens have winding reflection ponds sheltered by 200-year-old oak trees covered in Spanish moss. Both landscape and flower photography opportunities are abundant.


Date  May 7, 2022

9:00 AM

Admission Fees

$5.00 per vehicle




6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd, Palm Coast FL

Contact -  Dave Wholey

904 322 4004

Parking Info - Garden Parking lot

Entrance Info - Garden Parking lot


Transportation is on your own, car pooling set individually as you wish.


Group lunch determined by interest of participants.


Schedule of Events

We will meet in the formal gardens parking lot on the west side of the park at 9:00 AM. There are no planned events, we will photograph at our own pace within the park meeting up in the parking area at 11:30 AM. Lunch plans will be determined if there is interest.


The formal gardens offer more intimate landscape opportunities including bot flowers and plants. The oaks and grounds offer more expansive landscape shooting, Both wide angle and mid range zooms will work here. Polarizers and ND filters could also be used depending on cloud cover.

Shooting on the east side (beach) can use the same recommendations along with telephotos for bird opportunities.

Tripods are not permitted in the formal gardens.

Other Tips

Sun and bug protection as always are called for.


I95 South to the Florida 206 exit. East to A1A in Crescent Beach. South on A1A approximately 6 miles to the park entrance on the left side.

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