Tips & Trips
Fun Facts About South Walton
South Walton is home to an incomparable collection of Florida beach neighborhoods nestled along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast.
South Walton Tourist Development Council cleans the beach 365 days a year and maintains more than 470 trash receptacles for beachgoer’s convenience.
Approximately 40 percent of South Walton’s 56,000 acres is owned by the State of Florida and protected from future development.
South Walton’s restaurants serve creative dishes using fresh local seafood from the gulf and local produce from area farmers. Three of Florida Trend’s Top 500 restaurants in the state are located in South Walton.
South Walton is home to 207 holes of championship golf.
The area is home to 15 coastal dune lakes, the largest concentration in the world. Coastal dune lakes are extremely rare and only found in South Walton and remote portions of Africa, Australia, Madagascar and the Pacific Northwest U.S.
The historic Wesley Mansion, located in the scenic Eden State Gardens, was built in the 1890s and houses the largest collection of original Louis XVI Court furniture found in any one room in the United States.
Seaside was featured in the 1997 motion picture The Truman Show.
Hikers and bicyclists will enjoy the more than 200 miles of trails located within South Walton.
Grayton Beach State Park was voted America’s Best Beach in 1994 by Dr. Stephen Leatherman (Dr. Beach) author of America’s Best Beaches.
South Walton includes 26 miles of Florida’s most pristine beaches, 16 distinct beach neighborhoods and a multitude of warm and welcoming personalities—all united by nature and the sea.
South Walton maintains more than 60 beach accesses including eight regional beach accesses with parking and restrooms ensuring easy access to the area’s sugar white sand beaches and turquoise waters.
The Walton-DeFuniak Library, built in 1887, is the oldest library in the state of Florida still serving the public.
Lake DeFuniak, located in the historic DeFuniak Springs, is one of the two naturally round spring-fed lakes in the world.
The highest point in the State of Florida is located in Lakewood, about an hour north of South Walton.
Scenic Highway 30A, which winds through rare coastal dune lakes, state lands and quaint beach communities, has been officially designated a scenic highway by the State of Florida. Scenic Highway 30A is the first county road in Florida to receive this designation.
South Walton is committed to the safety of its visitors. The county has adopted the official flag warning system established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and encourages beachgoers to pay attention to surf conditions and know the facts about rip currents. Lifeguards are posted at eight regional beach accesses mid-March through September for those wish to swim at a guarded beach.
Modified: January 23, 2013 5:41 pm