South Walton Showcases Outstanding Florida State Parks!

Scenic 30A isn't all about the beaches - the scenic area of northwest Florida is also home to 5 award-winning Florida State Parks! Get out & explore today!

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South Walton Showcases Outstanding Florida State Parks!

Posted by Michelle Joly on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 at 3:18pm.

Believe it or not – there’s a lot more to 30A than our gorgeous beaches! Scenic 30A and Southern Walton County is home to five award-winning Florida State Parks. You’ll find pristine beach front areas, elevated board walks over fragile dune areas, an abundance of hiking and biking trails within the park areas and it is a perfect place to enjoy the beach too! Many of the area’s parks feature our unique and rare Coastal Dune Lakes. Two of 30A’s State Parks: Topsail Hill Preserve and Grayton Beach State Park also have cabins for rent and camping facilities. 

Camp Helen State Park:

camp helen state parkThe park is located on the border of the Walton and Bay Counties in Inlet Beach; Camp Helen was once a summer retreat for employees of Avondale Mills in Alabama. The state purchased the the parcel from a developer in the early 1990’s and they have been actively restoring its historic buildings. There is a beautiful half-mile sandy trail leading to the beach along with several wooded trails. Camp Helen is bordered on the east and north by Lake Powell, the area’s largest Coastal Dune Lake. Most recently, an old abandoned fishing pier located on Camp Helen’s Beach was used as one of the local back-drops for Country Singer Luke Bryan’s music video – Roller Coaster.
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Deer Lake State Park:

deer lake state parkIt's a wonderfully unique preservation area with wooded walking/hiking trails on the north side of 30A, just east of Seagrove Beach. The south side of 30A features a small gravel parking lot and an expansive, elevated boardwalk leading to the beach over protected sand dunes. The state of Florida acquired the parcel from the St. Joe Development company through the Forever Florida fund initiative. The park boasts over 1900 acres with a very diverse ecosystem of plants, animals and birds.
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Grayton Beach State Park:

Located between Watercolor and Grayton Beach, Grayton Beach State Park is also home to one of the area’s most popular photo spots – the pine trees on Western lake. The Park features a small boat ramp that’s perfect to launch canoes or kayaks. Stand-up paddle boarding on Western Lake is another highly popular activity that visitors and locals enjoy.
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Topsail Preserve State Park:

This wonderful state park located at the western end of Scenic 30A has the distinction of being named as one of the most pristine beach front areas in the state. It features over three miles of pristine beach front area along with several rare Coastal Dune Lakes. Facilities include camping as well as day use areas.
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eden gardens state parkEden Garden’s State Park:

While not located on Scenic 30A, it is a beautiful state park located in Historic Point Washington. Once you see the beautiful grounds with massive oak trees and finely manicured gardens along with the stately renovated southern mansion, you’ll see why this hidden gem is popular for family gatherings, weddings and photography settings. It’s claim to fame is that Eden Gardens was the movie set for the 1972 thriller FROGS! Today it’s a calm, quiet and relaxing place to get a feeling for genuine OLD Florida.
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Here are just a few reasons why South Walton is the ideal place to live, work and play!

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