Since last August, Deer Lake State Park has been closed for improvements, but the nearly 2,000-acre state park re-opened this week with new parking for cars, bikes, golf carts, new picnic areas, and restrooms.
For many years, this beautiful state park went unnoticed by most visitors. In fact, at one point, this secluded spot was known as the area's unofficial nude beach! In recent years, efforts to revitalize interest in the park have happened through non-profit organizations like Friends of Grayton Beach & Deer Lake State Parks.
The trailhead and entrance to the state park are in Seagrove Beach, nestled between two other Coastal Dune Lakes, Eastern Lake, and Camp Creek Lake. A .3-mile dune walkover provides incredible views of Deer Lake and the outflow leading into the Gulf of Mexico. But the park extends inland of the beach and across 30A to wooded trails, including wet pine flatwoods, pitcher plants, Gulf coast lupine, and other rare wildflowers.
According to the Walton Outdoors website, two trails are easily accessible along the north portion of the park. The orange trail is approximately one mile long, and the blue lake trail is a one-half mile with views of Deer Lake. Trail Map
Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors and the pristine nature of Deer Lake!
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