Klondike beach trail is part of the Canaveral National Seashore and is really a hidden gem. The National Park Service doesn’t even distribute a map and barely mentions Klondike beach on its Canaveral Seashore site.
It accessible from Apollo Beach to the north or Playalinda Beach to the south, both of which allow nudity, which comes up in a lot when people recount their visit.
In between are 10 miles of pristine beaches where you will see few people and tons of wildlife including birds, turtles, deer, feral hogs, crabs, and more.
You will need to prepare for your visit well as there are virtually no amenities. Depending if you are through-hiking or just going part way you will need to plan to bring water, food, sunscreen and appropriate shoes and attire for both beach hiking and trail hiking.
You will also need to purchase a day use backcountry permit for $5 for your hike in addition to the $20 park entry fee. You will need to plan ahead as they only sell 25 of these permits per day and you must be out of the park by closing time.
Even with the difficulty of accessing it, visitors to Klondike beach trail find a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit a completely pristine beach and see Florida the way the Native Americans or early settlers would have seen it.
Address: 3208028.70242071638462, -80.66710301019327 – there isn’t a good address but this gets you to the Playalinda beach parking lot by the trailhead
Distance from Orlando: 54 miles
Crowd Level: Low
Official URL: https://www.nps.gov/cana/index.htm
- Bird Watching
- A back-country trail
- Parking at Playalinda or Apollo Beach ($20 entry fee)
- Pets: Yes, on the leashes on the lagoon side, not on the beach
- Nudity: Yes
- Cars on Beach: No